Cell Phone Perverts in Hoboken!
Now that everyone has a camera – every creep can film you!
Back in the day, when video cameras were bulky and obvious, you had a pretty good idea if you were being filmed or photographed.
Now that practically every cell phone has a built-in camera and HD video capabilities – it’s getting harder and harder to tell what exactly people are using their phones for.
We continued to run by him several times and realized that every time we ran by, he looked like he was taking the same picture. I started to find this activity suspicious so the last time that I ran by him, I looked behind us. I saw that he was following us with his camera phone. When I (very aggressively) called him out on it, he literally started to laugh and did not deny anything. I have a feeling this is not his first or last time videotaping women who are out for their morning jog so I think women in Hoboken should be aware of such activity.
He was a middle aged black male of average height (he was sitting so I can’t be certain) and a pretty large gut. At the time of the incident, he was sitting on a bench wearing a white t-shirt and using a camera phone, pretending to take a picture of Manhattan but then following us with the camera as we ran by. Other than his voyeuristic tendencies, he looked very normal and sane so he won’t seem suspicious right away.”
411 Note: While filming with your cell phone in public is NOT illegal (provided they don’t invade your personal space) – how do you feel when someone you don’t know takes your picture? Or films you? Are you creeped out? Or do you accept that your life isn’t really as private as you want it to be?