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If you think you’re being stalked, firstly you need to do 2 key things:
1. Keep a diary along with any evidence
2. Contact the police
- Write down all that’s been happening to you, in diary format, so that you have dates, times, locations, descriptions of people, car make/registration numbers and contact details of anyone who has witnessed the incident(s). Ensure you include how you’re feeling, as it will show how it affects you. This will not only help you, but assist the police in their investigation.
- Contact your local police station and report what is happening to you, letting them see the evidence you have. Note down the Officer’s name & number and any crime reference number you are given. Don’t forget to record this in your diary.
- Carry a mobile phone with you, as well as a personal attack alarm. It’ll help you feel more comfortable when you go out.
- Try to show no emotion to your stalker (this may be hard), do NOT confront them or agree to meet with them. If you do come into contact, aim to get away, ideally to a busy place.
- Check your home security
- Keep a list of useful telephone numbers by the phone (See page USEFUL PHONE LIST) and give to a neighbour, friend, relative.
- Consider asking someone to be another contact for the police. This will be helpful in a situation if you are stressed or traumatised, they can talk to the police and get details if you feel you cannot cope at that time.
- Inform friends, neighbours, colleagues of what is happening to you, they can also keep a record of what happens and suspicious incidents for you, as well as supporting and protecting you (eg; screening your calls at work)
To reduce availability of your details:
- Consider obtaining a secure PO Box for your contact address. To make it secure, an accompanying letter from the police will be required for your application. Contact Royal Mail on 08457 950 950 or see their website (see Links)
- Register with the Mailing Preference Service on 0845 703 4599 to enable customers to have their names and home addresses removed or added to lists used by the industry (to reduce junk mail)
- Register with the Telephone Preference Service on 0845 070 0707 to help you make sure your telephone number is no longer available to organisations who may telephone you with offers and information you do not wish to receive
- If you have a fax, register with the Fax Preference Service on 0845 070 0702
- Apply for Anonymous Voter Registration, this aims to ensure you and anyone covered by a restraining order or injunction remains anonymous. See the Links page for the Electoral Commission for more information
- Ensure your phone numbers – home and mobile – are withheld
- Rely on your instinct, it does work: if you ever feel in imminent danger, do not hesitate to call 999.
See further pages on Evidence – What to do & Electronic Advice and Links section
(c) Copyright Tracey Morgan 2008