Creepy filming at Church Square Park?

Can you think of a real reason for this guy filming?

Hoboken411 reader Steve would rather be “safe than sorry” regarding this individual who was “suspiciously” filming on the outskirts of Church Square Park (near Willow & 5th) earlier today.

“I was just walking past Church Square Park on my way home from lunch and noticed this guy standing in the bus stop across Willow filming the playground. I may be wrong but I think his line of vision goes right to the fountains. He was engrossed enough in the view through his camera that he did not notice me standing 10 feet away very obviously taking a picture of him.

I am kicking myself for not having called the cops; I didn’t want to get someone in trouble for something innocent, but I can’t think of a single appropriate reason for his behavior. Please put this dude on blast; parents should know what is going on and if he is as much of a creep as he seemed, he should be stopped. If he has a legit reason for surreptitiously filming little children from across the children let him explain, and please offer him my apologies. As far as I’m concerned though, better safe then sorry when it comes to stuff like this.

Thanks,
Steve

411 Note: Do you think it’s appropriate that people feel this way about strangers with video cameras? Is posting something like this (or calling the police) the right action plan? Or should Steve have spoken with the gentleman himself? (I blurred the face out to protect the man’s identity).

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26 Comments on "Creepy filming at Church Square Park?"

Friedupright
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Friedupright

OK, let’s get real conspiracy theory here. Jaycee Dugards captors filmed children in parks while pretending to film themselves. The wife would film the husband singing in the park but he would be directing her to film the children behind him. They showed that video over and over on the news. Just sayin’. I’m sure we can all drive ourselves crazy with what LOOKS like suscpicious behavior but living in this area of NY/NJ we are pretty much used to it. Personally, I think I would have asked what the guy was filming had I been there. But, would I be asking because the guy looks creepy? If it was your average 20 year old, would I be asking or thinking, “must be a school project?” This is a good scenario for that show “What Would You Do?”

bornandrazedinhobo
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bornandrazedinhobo

The guy better invest in a better camera the one he has is a bit dated…..maybe a FLIP would be nice. Don’t really know what the guy is doing but if his face was clear maybe somebody knows him and can provide further info. He could be some type of inspector or investigator doing an insurance fraud case or workers comp….maybe he was shooting some footage for some video project. Could be a perv too…..but it is no illegal to film in public although it may make some uncomfortable which is understandable.

xtreme
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When I worked in 1st aid at a water park we had a situation where a guy was walking around with a camera hidden under his towel. It was clear that he was filming and trying to be discrete about it. While we (security & 1st aid worked closed together) knew that there was nothing legally we could do we still called him out on it and brought him down to security. The police showed up and grilled him incessantly. He admitted what he was doing and nearly soiled himself merely at the fact that he was caught. Just that sometimes is enough to scare someone who’s engaging in questionable behavior from leaving and thinking twice about his or her actions. If the person is innocently filming then at worst we looked like paranoid assholes.

He gladly let us keep the film upon request 😈 .

mooshu
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mooshu

Suspicious behavior, huh.

How about some of these cops patrol the areas that get hit with car burglaries and muggings instead?

That would involve work. Nevermind.

Hoboken17
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Hoboken17

And who said they’re not? Nobody called the cops in these situations and took them away from their job so lets just chalk this up to another made up statement by the village idiot. Are you saying the cops aren’t doing what they’re supposed to be doing? Bold. That’s a whole new argument that most people will disagree with you….as usual.[quote comment=”208962″]Suspicious behavior, huh.How about some of these cops patrol the areas that get hit with car burglaries and muggings instead?That would involve work. Nevermind.[/quote]

BklynHobo
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You people realize that no matter how creepy it is what he is doing is not illegal. He can video all the kids he wants to in a public park. Even if you called the cops he could continue taping you kids in front of them with no consequence. You can’t arrest someone for being creepy.

JerseyEllie
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JerseyEllie

Whether what he is doing is illegal or legal is completely irrelevant. Yes, he’s technically doing nothing criminal, but what he is doing is something that is highly questionable and could lead to something worse. Even if what he did is legal, I think the Hoboken police should be notified so that they can keep an eye on the situation. How can you be certain that this guy filming what appeared to be kids will just end at that. Better to find out what he’s actually up to rather than throw a blind eye and say oh he’s not doing anything illegal so I’ll let it be. It’s crazy. It’s not about arresting him, it’s about making him aware that he’s being watched and if he is doing something wrong he’ll think twice if he thinking of doing it again or do something else. [quote comment=”208956″]You people realize that no matter how creepy it is what he is doing is not illegal. He can video all the kids he wants to in a public park. Even if you called the cops he could continue taping you kids in front of them with no consequence. You can’t arrest someone for being creepy.[/quote]

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