Police were certainly concerned when they got calls that a prowler may be looking in the windows of homes in the North Chamberlain Boulevard area of North Port.
They were especially concerned when they discovered who the suspect may be targeting.
"He may be looking in juvenile's windows," said Captain Anthony Sirianni of the North Port Police Department.
That concern escalated after there was sexual battery in the same area last Thursday.
"We had a case where there was a sexual battery alleged at least of a 12 year old," said Sirianni. "We don't know that it's related; we hope it's not."
Police say the prowler has been spotted after dark the last couple of weeks in the neighborhood between North Chamberlain Boulevard and Oceanside Street in North Port.
"The past week and a half in an area in North Port near North Chamberlain Boulevard we've had instances where callers have called in saying that there's a white male dressed in all dark clothing that they believe was looking in their windows," said Sirianni.
Julie Cousins lives in that area.
"I'm very concerned for the children in the area and for myself or any female that lives in the area," she said. "You don't even feel safe in your own home, checking the windows."
In an attempt to get the word out, North Port police sent out an automated alert call to the area this past weekend.
Danielle Wilber says because of this new neighborhood threat the entire area is on high alert.
"We try to walk in the daytime instead of at night and just keep an eye out just in case," said Wilber.
In addition to that automated alert call, police are increasing patrols in the neighborhood and say if anyone sees anything suspicious they should call police immediately.
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