Inside the Haywood Triangle – Jeepers Creepers Peepers.

Inside the Haywood Triangle is a new series by Evan Will, a contributing freelance writer from the Greenville area.

A continuing series on identifying and editorializing crime and the goings-on in and around the Haywood Mall area. We all know there’s always some crazy stuff happening over there. Like…

Per the Greenville Police Department: “A second incident of “Peeping Tom” has been reported at Haywood Pointe Apartments January 17th at 10:45 p.m. The suspect is a white male. In the latest incident, he is described as 20-40 years old with brown hair, slender build, 5’08″-6’01″, 160-190 lbs. and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.”

What wasn’t stated is whether or not this male was actually trying to peak in a woman’s window or a man’s window to get his kicks. I suppose it doesn’t matter, but could help the public zero in on the suspect. We just assume it was woman reporting the incident.

Nevertheless, I never understood why someone would personally put themselves at risk of being labeled and jailed for antics that could just as well be solved with an issue of a Playboy. Or an imagination heaven forbid. But then again – that’s me as a semi-productive member of society. Some people don’t have the “common sense.”

It’s also possible this person was casing apartments for valuables. Though that is just conjecture on my part. But it almost seems more likely. Anyway you look at it…creeping around peeping in windows is crazy. And dangerous. Are there support groups for people like this? Now my brain hurts.

The following are some safety tips you can take at your home (per GPD). Thought I’d add a few tips in bold, that I think will put your mind at ease.

1. Keep curtains and blinds shut tightly, especially at night in private areas of your
home. (say to yourself in whispering voice “if I don’t see them, they’re not there”)
2. Set up potted plants or plant vegetation near side and rear windows and patio
doors, but keep shrubbery trimmed so that Peeping Toms can’t hide.
3. Install a motion detector system with a light in vulnerable areas outside the home.
4. Keep windows and doors locked at all times.
5. Talk to neighbors and share information about unusual visitors or loitering in the
neighborhood.
6. If any witnesses are present, get their names and phone numbers.
7. Detail the suspect’s appearance for the responding officer.
8. Detail how the suspect flees the area – on foot or by vehicle. Describe the vehicle
for police.
9. Write down tag numbers of suspicious vehicles and provide these to police.
10. If you see someone looking in your window, try not to panic. Call 9-1-1
immediately and stay inside until an officer arrives
11. In case they come through your window, be prepared with a firearm.
12. Don’t hesitate if you feel your life is threatened
13. Take a breath…squeeze.

OK I’m not proposing you kill anyone. Unless you have to in order to save your life. But if you live inside the Haywood Triangle, don’t keep your head in the sand.

 

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