Residents increase security over reports of prowler in Hampden Township

Carlisle/West Shore

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Over the last week, Hampden Township police have received multiple reports of a prowler targeting West Shore neighborhoods.

Police say the prowler has been caught on several security system cameras between midnight at 4 a.m. in neighborhoods along or near Wertzville Road.

Scott Kearns lives in a development off of Wertzville Road. He said a friend who lives just two developments over has a video of someone lurking around their property.

The video shows a man sneaking around the property with his hood up and trying to get through a gate. Police cannot confirm if this is the prowler in question, but the footage prompted Kearns to increase his security. 

“We’re on our way now to buy cameras for the front of our house and the back of our house,” Kearns said. “We do have an alarm system on our house but at present, do not have cameras.” 

Carol Mullen always thought her neighborhood felt safe, but with a prowler on the loose, she’s considering installing cameras.

“It’s a concern. Is he familiar with the area? Is he from one of the neighborhoods? And what is it that he’s actually looking for?” said Mullen. 

Jordan Divens, the owner of ITD Systems and Security in Mechanicsburg, says home security cameras have become more popular and can be a helpful safety tool. 

“There’s a lot of studies out there, but basically, prowlers will hit homes that don’t have those things in place,” Divens said. 

Police say the prowler appears to be a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and sometimes a knit hat. They say contacting them immediately will increase their chances of finding the person. 

Police are asking residents to be aware of this issue and to contact them if you see any suspicious activity such as lone people walking late at night or a strange vehicle parked on a street that isn’t normally there.

If you believe you have video of the suspect, send it to police@hampdentownship.us

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