Stalking

placer2Legal de­finitions of stalking vary from state to state; a good working de­finition of stalking is a pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Stalkers use many types of actions to frighten, harass, and control victims.

Signs you are being stalked:

  • Repeatedly following a person
  • Driving by, or sitting outside your place of employment, home, or school
  • Contacting victim through unwanted phone calls, emails, and text messages
  • Sending unwanted gifts
  • Tracking your activity via GPS, and through social media, public records or online search services.
  • Vandalizing your property
  • Threatening to hurt you or someone close to you

What can you do?

  • In immediate danger call 911
  • Take all threats seriously
  • Do not communicate with the stalker
  • Set all social media to private settings
  • Contact a crisis hotline, or domestic violence agency for assistance. They can assist you with developing a safety plan and ­ling a protective order.
  • Always document and keep evidence if your stalker makes contact with you, document the date, time, and ways of communication,.
  • Keep all emails, text messages, letters, notes, etc.
  • Take photographs as well, especially if any damage has taken place to your property.
  • If you have any witnesses, ask them to write a statement.
  • Tell your family, friends, and co-workers about the stalking situation. Provide them with a photo, if at all possible.
  • Inform security at your place of employment about your situation.

If you have a protective order, make sure you have a copy with you at all times. Keep a copy at work, and /or school.