Dunedin Has “A Bit of a Peeping Problem”
Dunedin police have advised the University to amend its internet porn ban after six reported sightings of sexually frustrated Peeping Toms masturbating outside bedroom windows at a number of Dunedin flats.
Since the year began, six offences of “peeping or peering” have been reported to the police. All of the incidents occurred in the area bordered by Clyde Street, Great King Street, Frederick Street, and Albany Street. Multiple other sightings have remained unreported.
A “Peeping Jack” involves masturbating while watching a person, usually female, undress or shower through a window. It is of concern to Police and Campus Watch, as it can lead to more serious offences such as theft and rape. “It’s a precursor type of thing,” warns Campus Cop Max Holt. “It’s an insight into what they’re thinking, it takes to lot to creep about.” If offenders are caught, they can face up to three months’ imprisonment.
“If you see someone masturbating, call the police. Offenders leave all sorts of evidence,” stated Holt. Critic was unsure which bodily fluid Holt was referring to, but was reassured that saliva, fingerprints, and face prints are commonly found on windows.
Holt warned that offenders might not be the stereotypical creepy old men; they could also be students. Concern has risen amongst Critic staff members as one detailed description was “male, Caucasian European, 6 foot tall with a pot belly, wearing a dark striped hoodie, in his late 20s or early 30s”, perfectly matching the appearance of Critic Editor Joe Stockman.
Another offender was described as male with hair in a short ponytail, 6 foot 2 inches, wearing orange shorts and a black t-shirt.
Holt says that students are easy targets due to a relaxed approach to security and privacy. He added, “The victims are younger – obviously better to look at.” Simple yet effective precautions include taking the time to fully close curtains etc, especially while showering.