For the past month or so, I kept feeling like I was being watched from this beautifully landscaped area in my neighbor's back yard. There were times I would think I saw a flash of jeans or something moving, but convinced myself I was seeing things. My neighbors are very elderly, so they wouldn't be out there. Their son maintains their yard (obsessively, I might add) and he lives next door to them on the other side. I had started closing the curtains when he was around.
Yesterday, I was just looking outside, as I often do, and I thought I saw a flash of jeans. I saw it again. That's when I told Waywardson there was someone hiding out there in the bushes. So, he gets the dog and takes him out and, sure enough, this totally busted looking guy we've never seen meanders out of the bushes and walks in the house next door.
We're going to talk to the neighbors about it and, if it happens again, we'll call the cops. I won't mess around with that kind of behavior because I know it can accelerate.
I'm just bummed that there's so much sickness in the world.
I'm not really that interesting and stuff like this gets old really fast.
What a pain in the ass!
That cachunk chunk sound of a shell being loaded into a shotgun is unmistakeable, and will make any halfway intelligent person run.
I have lived in pretty rural area my whole life with a dad that worked oddball shifts, so we all knew how to operate it, because back then there was no 911. And it would have taken them 30 minutes to find us. More than once My mom, my sister and myself greeted a drunken stranger, or scary mean guy with a shotgun in hand. They don't mess around. The get in their car, and go blasting up that dark deserted road.
Also, I would get some heavy duty curtains and make sure they are closed at night....
Yuck....definitely let them know next time you go to the police. And voyeurs CAN escalate.....be careful!
You should notify police now and get he and the police acquainted. Then sit in the house and watch back, through a rifle scope.
The problem I'm having is that he's smart enough to stay off of the property- at least when we've seen him. So, even though "we" have a voyeur, we haven't caught him on our property, peeping into our windows.
I've used the zoom lens on my camera to spy on my voyuer, it happened about twice-when they know you're taking pics of them it bothered the 2 I've dealt with.
What a creep! I'm so sorry you all are having to deal with this.
I didn't engage him tonight because it's just me and DD here and my main job is protecting her. If I go outside to engage some perv, I'm not doing my job. As long as there is a physical barrier (walls, doors) between us and him, we are safe. If I choose to remove those barriers by going out and engaging him, then I'm not protecting my child because I'm not protecting myself.
I agree with everyone, act quickly, as he will escalate.
tell us what happens, hopefully he is employed by your neighbor and will be gone quickly!!
[This message edited by NaiveAgain at 7:18 AM, October 19th (Saturday)]
They will require his name, and run a background check on him. Do this ASAP. Who knows what he has in his background. I'm not even sure I'd mess with talking with the neighbor's son. The reality is, he won't know this person's background.
If you're worried about causing a rip with the neighbors, well the son isn't around, and you were concerned for your family, in addition his parents.
I hope it goes well. Be safe, and keep us posted.
That's beyond creepy!! I agree about talking to the police, at least if you file some sort of official complaint, it's on record should anything escalate.
I could send Mr. Slithers over and scare the shit out of him
My tolerance for stupid shit is getting less and less.
After that, download your pictures and start making flyers on your printer. Tack them up all over the neighborhood with text saying that some creepy stalker is peeping through your windows and that everyone should be on the lookout.
All joking aside: The clicking of flashes is a good idea. If you don’t feel safe going out then you can do that through a window. The voyeur will get the hell out of there. Whether you catch him on film or not is not the issue – it’s the shock factor you are after.
Other options: Call the police. Tell them there is someone hiding in the bushes but ask them to come quietly so they can catch him. Don’t tell them it’s a voyeur or that you suspect your neighbor. Act like it could be a burglar. As a former cop: Voyeurs are seen as harmless – burglars you have your gun at the ready…
Can you install a light with a motion sensor? Or a smaller light at the border of your garden? Something that makes his hiding ground less appealing…
We haven't seen him in a couple of days, now. Hopefully, he was just visiting and is gone now.
Of course, I'm shuttered up tight, so I WOULDN'T see him!
Just want you to be careful. Sorry.
[This message edited by Gottagetthrough at 7:13 AM, October 21st (Monday)]