Victims of stalking often know their stalker. It could be an ex-partner, friend, colleague or an acquaintance. If you are being stalked, don’t suffer in silence. Stalking is a crime. Report the incident(s) to the police on 101. In an emergency always call 999.
If you fear you are being stalked:
- Tighten up security at home, to and from home, and at work.
- Change the locks to your home and if you can, install a burglar alarm or camera.
- Vary your daily routine when walking or driving to work or other places.
- Be careful when giving out personal details when on the phone, dealing with credit card services, social networking sites and people you meet.
- Tell people what is happening to you, particularly at work and at home.
Paladin, a national stalking advocacy service, offer these six golden rules if you experience stalking or harassment:
- Report it as early as possible to the police on 101 (in an emergency always call 999) and tell others what is happening
- Ensure you get good practical advice – Contact Paladin or call the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300
- Proactive evidence collection – keep all the evidence
- Overview of what is happening – keep a diary
- Risk checklist – complete the Paladin S-DASH 11 screening questions
- Trust your instinct