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Police Search for Peeper; Residents say he's Broken In

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Fargo police are investigating multiple reports of a window peeper who residents say has been scaring them since back in July. They also believe he's broken in to the apartment building where they live, on the south side of Sanford, just north of the downtown Broadway strip.

"My room is right next to the fire escape, and that's where the police say he's been standing when he looks in," says Bailley Pederson, who lives in the building. "I slept on the couch a couple nights."

Police say the sliced-through window screens residents also reported around the same time are not necessarily connected to the window peeper. They say peepers typically target areas that they feel comfortable in or think they won't be caught in, so it's possible he lives in that neighborhood, or knows someone in the building.

"Everything they told us that's been going on has happened around the evening, so that makes it easier," says Kriss Lecocq, Bailley's mother. She says she and her daughter are taking precautions like going outside together at night and keeping their doors locked while the peeper remains at large.

Here is what police suggest you can do to make yourself less likely to be a victim:

- keep doors and windows locked and shades down, particularly at night. Don't make your windows a "TV screen" for people who might be tempted to peek in

- remove shrubberies and anything else around ground-floor windows that might be a good hiding place

- use good lighting around the home to deter loiterers

- keep note of any unusual sounds or behavior from passers-by, and don't be afraid to call police

-- if you do see someone watching you, take note of their physical description, the way they're dressed, and the direction of travel if he or she flees in order to help police find the perpetrator. Do not pursue the perpetrator.

-- finally: don't live in fear. Police say in this case, there's no indication the perpetrator intends any violence.

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