Waterloo Regional Police Investigating Prowler Incidents

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Waterloo Region, Ontario Waterloo Regional Police are investigating several reports of suspicious males seen near residences in the University district in Waterloo. Throughout the past three months, police have received reports of a male lurking between homes or peering through windows.  

On July 16, 2020, officers will canvas the University district area as part of a safety awareness campaign and will be speaking with students to share tips on how to remain safe from potential prowlers.

The following incidents are being investigated:

  • ·April 3, 2020, 11:30 p.m., Hawthorn Street, Waterloo - a female observed a male standing outside her bedroom window.  Further investigation revealed her screen had been cut.

  • May 29, 2020, 12:40 a.m., Fir Street, Waterloo - a female observed an individual standing on a garbage bin, peering through a window.

  • May 29, 2020, 2:40 a.m., Fir Street, Waterloo - a female observed a person standing outside her bedroom window.

  • June 17, 2020, 1:42 a.m., Fir Street, Waterloo - a female reported a suspicious male standing between two houses in the area.

  • June 21, 2020, 12:25 a.m., Kingscourt Drive, Waterloo - a female observed a male peering into several units within the area.

  • June 21, 2020, 11:10 p.m., Fir Street, Waterloo - a female reported dogs barking and believed someone was outside her window.

  • June 21, 2020, 11:20 p.m., Clayfield Avenue, Waterloo - a female reported a male peering into a bedroom and bathroom window.

  • July 4, 2020, 12:55 a.m., Hickory Street West, Waterloo - a female reported a male peering through a window.

  • July 7, 2020, 11:30 p.m., Ezra Avenue, Waterloo - a female reported a suspicious male in the area.

Each incident is being investigated independently; however, investigators are trying to determine if the incidents are related.

In some instances, a suspect description was not obtained. In other instances, the suspect has been described as male, white, approximately 20 to 30 years of age, six feet tall, with a thin to medium build.

Residents are reminded to:

  • Remain vigilant and report suspicious individuals to police immediately.
  • Be cautious of individuals lurking near windows late at night.
  • Install motion sensor lighting or leave exterior lights on.
  • Keep windows and doors secure and ensure window treatments are closed. in bedrooms and bathrooms to maintain ultimate privacy.

Anyone with information in connection to these incidents is asked to call police at 519-570-9777 ext. 6399 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

Media Inquiries:
André Johnson
Constable
Public Information Officer, Executive Branch
Waterloo Regional Police Service
519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8106
andre.johnson@wrps.on.ca  

Ashley Dietrich
Constable
Public Information Officer, Executive Branch
Waterloo Regional Police Service
519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8285
ashley.dietrich@wrps.on.ca

 

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