A 37-year-old woman reported Tuesday that a peeping Tom has been peering into her apartment in Brighton for at least a month, despite the tall bushes, bars, and surveillance cameras that surround her windows.
Officers responded to a report at about 12:35 a.m. Tuesday of a woman who said she saw a man looking through the windows of her apartment, Boston police said in a posting on their blog. The woman lives alone on the first floor of an apartment building on Commonwealth Avenue.
The victim, who asked to remain anonymous for safety reasons, told the Globe that she first learned of the suspicious individual from her boyfriend, who said he saw the man looking into her apartment about three weeks ago.
The victim was not home at that time, but said her boyfriend approached the man, who claimed he was looking for his dog and then abruptly ran away. A few days later, she said, she heard someone rustling outside her living room window when she was home alone.
The woman contacted the managers of the building and immediately set up security bars, alarms, and a surveillance camera on her window in hope of catching the perpetrator, she said. After adding the security measures, she said she did not notice any signs of the individual for the next few weeks, until Tuesday.
“After I got out of the shower Tuesday night I decided to check the camera, and all of a sudden I saw the footage of a man peering through my bedroom window while I was in the shower a few windows down,” she said. “I couldn’t eat all day yesterday, I just wanted to throw up at the thought.”
Watch: Surveillance footage
The victim said a neighbor, who lives in the building adjacent to her, said she has noticed signs of a peeping Tom in the area since May. However, no one else in the building or neighborhood has noticed any suspicious activity of this sort.
“It is really concerning because the brush covering my window is so tall and thick that is takes someone with great determination and audacity to get past it,” she said.
The victim said she does not believe the perpetrator has tried to enter her apartment; however she fears that he has the motivation and capability to do so if not captured soon.
The woman has shared the video of the man with police and has asked friends to circulate it on social media in hope of identifying him.
Police asked anyone with information to call detectives at 617-343-4256.
The woman said she does not plan on returning to her apartment at night until police catch the man.
“It’s not fair that now I can’t keep my blinds open to let some sunlight in or sleep with the windows open to let in a nighttime breeze,” she said. “This is not the way things should be.”Trisha Thadani can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @TrishaThadani.