Opinion: Not all voyeurs are rapists, but all rapists have been voyeurs
October 19, 2009
Window coverings, shades, curtains and blinds are crucial for your home. Used when you're away, in conjunction with lights and light timers, they give the illusion that someone is home.
And when you're home, make sure you close your blinds at night. Most of the sexual assault seminars I've attended listed closing shades as extremely important in deterring sexual predators.
When my career started, it was believed a window peeper was just a relatively harmless individual looking for a “free show.” The clinical term for this paraphilia (i.e. abnormal sexual behavior) is voyeurism.
In the last 25 years,
criminals have been interviewed for criminal profiling studies, and researchers
have learned almost all rapists and serial killers started their criminal
“careers” with various levels of window peeping. I agree with
Many sexual predators said when window peeping became routine, they needed more thrilling behaviors to become sexually stimulated. Their actions would escalate to burglary when residents weren't home, to cat burglary when people were home, and eventually to sexual assault. The importance of window coverings can't be over-emphasized.
Even if you live on an
upper floor, keep your windows covered because you can be seen from other
buildings or ground level in many instances. We once caught a guy on
Voyeurs will actually
hunt for windows without shades. Several years ago, a man traveled up from
The first serial rapist
prosecuted using DNA evidence in
KEEP IT LOCKED, DON’T LEAVE IT UNATTENDED, BE AWARE (that voyeurs might be watching if you don’t cover your windows) AND WATCH OUT FOR YOUR NEIGHBORS.
Rich Kinsey is a retired Ann Arbor police detective sergeant who now blogs about crime and safety for AnnArbor.com