If you discover that you have been the victim of a peeping tom, you may initially feel shock, alarm or embarrassment. These feelings are normal, but the best thing that you can do for yourself is take steps to ensure that it will not happen again. With a little know-how, protecting yourself from a peeping tom is simple and inexpensive.

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Being spied on by a peeping tom can be quite distressing.

Step 1

Cover your windows with heavy curtains. This is the best, most effective way to deter a peeping tom from preying on you. Remember to close the curtains at night and every time you change. If you suspect that you are being spied on very frequently, keep the curtains closed for at least five to seven days. This will usually be long enough for a peeping tom to give up, lose interest and move on.

Step 2

Install motion-sensing lights around the house. If a peeping tom approaches the house, the lights will come on. While regular outdoor houselights would help as well, motion sensing lights will startle him and alert you of his presence if he gets too close to your home.

Step 3

Keep a form of protection available just in case the peeping tom ever tries to get inside your home. Mace or pepper spray are good options, since they are easy to acquire and inexpensive. Check to see if these defensive items are legal in your state. You will need a license to own and operate a gun, and if a taser is legal in your state, you may need a license for it as well.

Step 4

Write down a description of the peeping tom if you happen to see him. You can give this to the police to help them apprehend him.

Step 5

Call the police when you notice a peeping tom lurking outside your house. Even if he is not caught, the sirens and police lights will make him think twice about returning to your home.