An alleged "Peeping Tom" in the area has law enforcement officials recommending that people close their curtains, lock their homes and cars.
Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison confirmed to The Brazil Times Monday that officers responded to a recent isolated incident of a suspicious individual in the area of Southgate Apartments.
"We received a call early Friday morning that a man was looking in windows and cars," Harrison said.
Reserve Patrolman Eric Vanatti and Patrolman Todd Stemm discovered a person hiding in back of the property. When the officers shined a spotlight on the person and called out "stop running," the suspect ran into the wooded area.
With assistance from members of the BCPD and the Clay County Sheriff's Department, K-9 Handler/Deputy Brison Swearingen and K-9 Officer Dayk were able to detect a scent but were unable to locate the suspect.
The suspect was described as being 5 feet 10 inches tall, approximately 180 pounds and last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with blue jeans.
Although officials don't know the exact reason why the suspect was looking in windows, Harrison said some people are always looking for opportunities.
"We get six or eight reports a year," Harrison said. "Sometimes, a person is just walking in the area and there's an opportunity to look in on someone to see what they are doing. People are curious and they have a tendency to be voyeurs."
However, some people could be looking for an opportunity for mischief.
"They could be looking to see if a person lives alone, how many people live in the home or what they have," Harrison said. "They could be casing a home or car so they can return later to steal something."
Whatever the reason, Harrison said homeowners could take action to protect themselves.
"It's always a good idea to make sure curtains are closed at night and all doors, including car doors, are locked," Harrison said. "If anyone sees someone acting strange around their neighborhood, night or day, they need to contact police."
To report suspicious activity or make a report about a crime, contact the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211. To report a crime in progress, contact 911.