MERIDIAN -- Meridian Police are warning residents to lock their doors, close their shades and be on the lookout for a prowler. This comes after receiving numerous reports of a man peeping in windows, and eventually entering a home.

Police say the calls have been sporadic, but have mostly occurred in the northeast area of Meridian from Locust Grove to Meridian Road, south of Ustick Road.

The calls describe the prowler as a tall, skinny male, between 5-foot-10 and 6-foot-3. They say he was wearing dark clothing, peeping in windows and running through back yards.

Police say they received a call Monday night that the suspect entered a house but fled when the homeowner called 911.

The people we talked to who live around here say they're taking extra steps to stay safe, but they're still scared.

It was a little scary because you don't normally hear about that kind of stuff too often here, said Lisa Wilson. I'm from California and you hear about that more. Especially in my neighborhood, it's so close to home, it's scary.

Well I think it's the times we live in, said Rachel Carter. It's happening more and more. You gotta be careful and keep your doors and windows locked.

Deputy Chief of Police Tracy Basterrechea says they've been running surveillance, but haven't found the guy yet.

So now they're asking for the public's help and telling people to be more safe by taking some simple precautions.

Lock your doors. Make sure before you go to bed, do a sweep of your house, said Basterrechea. Make sure all your doors are locked, your blinds are closed. Make sure your garage door is closed. Those are the big things.

Basterrechea says the house that was entered Monday night had its doors unlocked.

Also, he noted these reports are coming early in the morning, and around bedtime, about 10:30 at night.

The Meridian Police Department is urging resident to report any suspicious activity immediately. Contact Meridian Police at 888-6678 or Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

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