Peeping Tom

The below pasted email is food for thought. This message to the MIT community is an interesting start for a project. Photography is often studied in relationship to voyeurism and many artists play with that notion of peeping. The film Blow Up (available on PlexTV) addresses this issue, amongst others, very well. It is a CLASSIC on photography and the role images play in our societies and psyche.

From: Andrew J Turco <>

Subject: Crime Alert: Peeping Tom

Date: February 18, 2016 12:05:20 PM EST

To: all-campus <>

CRIME ALERT: Disorderly Conduct/Peeping Tom

Occurred: February 17, 2016 at approximately 7:30 PM

Location: Building 16, women’s restroom


The MIT Police Department is investigating a report of an individual who attempted to photograph a female party while she was in a bathroom stall in building 16.  On February 17, 2016 at approximately 7:30 PM, the MIT Police Department responded to a call concerning an unknown party taking a photograph of a person in a bathroom stall in building 16.  When the reporting party checked the bathroom, the suspect had already fled.  The responding officers did not encounter anyone in the area.  At this time it is unclear if the suspect is a male or female.

Police Response:

The MIT Police Department is providing extra checks of building 16.  The MIT Police Detectives are also investigating the incident.


There is no suspect description at this time.

Safety Information:

Members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to follow these safety tips to decrease their potential for becoming a victim:

  • Stay alert – call the police immediately to report suspicious activity.
  • Trust your instincts – if it does not feel right, call for help.
  • If you observe a person or situation that doesn’t appear to be normal, do not approach the subject and immediately call 617-253-1212 (or extension 100 from any campus phone).

Additional Information:

  • There is safety in numbers.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Program your cell phone with the MIT Police emergency number (617-253-1212). Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO NOT hesitate to call us.
  • Note the locations of the Blue Light emergency telephones on campus. Utilize them in case of an emergency.

See Something Say Something – call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212, or 100 in an EMERGENCY from any Institute phone. All 911 phone calls from cell phones go to the MA State Police in Framingham, MA, who then transfer the call to the Cambridge Police.

*If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation, contact the MIT Police at 617-253-1212; or anonymously at 617-258-8477 (8-TIPS). If at any time you observe any type of suspicious activity or have been the victim of a violent crime, regardless of the location of the incident, please notify the MIT Police Department immediately at 617-253-1212.

The MIT Police Department wants to remind the MIT community that we are located in an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city. Community members should be vigilant while walking throughout campus and surrounding areas both during the day and at night and to take the appropriate precautions, such as walking with others and utilizing SafeRide.

Sgt. Andrew Turco

MIT Police Department

301 Vassar Street (W89)

Cambridge, MA 02139




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