Peeping Tom has residents on alert
AUGUSTINE Heights residents are keeping their curtains closed after reports of an alleged peeping tom on the loose in the community.
Witness Chantelle Newton said she was "alarmed" when she spotted the man secretly peering through the bedroom window of her neighbour's home.
Ms Newton said the man had been "casually" walking down the street in the rain at night when he approached the house and then crouched down to look through the window.
The 27-year-old said the man quickly walked away when she and her friend approached him to see what he was doing.
"When I told my neighbours what I saw, they weren't happy," Ms Newton said. "Apparently it is not the first time he has targeted that house."
"The woman who lived there said a week earlier, she had caught a man looking at her through the window while she was in the shower."
Since the discovery, Ms Newton said she had alerted other people in her neighbourhood about the peeping Tom.
She said the man was Asian in appearance, looked to be aged in his 30s and had worn a purple shirt.
After receiving reports about the man, police have conducted patrols of the area but have yet to locate the offender.
News of the peeping Tom was also broadcast across social media, which prompted other people in the community to come forward with more apparent sightings.
Augustine Heights mum Emma Creighton wrote she had seen a suspicious man lurking in her neighbour's back yard at night.
Ms Creighton, who lives about 400m from Ms Newton, said the sighting was "scary".
Another resident, David Knight, wrote that he had alerted the police a month ago after he too saw the man "hanging around".
Ms Newton said the incident had left her a bit paranoid.
"I used to sleep with the window open but not anymore," she said. "Not when I now worry about who might be lurking in my backyard.
"It would be a frightening experience to look outside your window at night and see some stranger staring back at you."
If you identify suspicious behaviour please report it to your local police station, Policelink on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000