Signs of stalking
When you hear the term “stalking”, many people often think of a person being followed. But actually, stalking can happen to anyone and affects thousands of people each year.
Stalking is defined as persistent and unwanted attention that makes you feel pestered or harassed. For example, if someone is constantly intruding in your life, whether it be online or in person, and is making you feel scared or distressed, this counts as stalking.
The mnemonic four key signs to look out for includes:
Stalking isn’t just a one-off crime and often includes a series of incidents which, when put together, can be really frightening. Stalkers tend to use multiple methods to scare victim’s including constant messages, turning up uninvited, sending unwanted gifts, following around shops.
Stalking doesn’t always have to be physical, social media and the internet are often common tools used to harass victims and can be just as intimidating.
To increase your safety if being stalked or harassed, we recommend you;
- have a mobile phone on you at all times
- carry a personal attack alarm
- tell trusted friends, colleagues or family your whereabouts
- keep a record of any occurrences including what has happened, where and when, including what happened such as being followed, called or if you received messages, emails, letters or notes
- any evidence you have, please keep it, as this could be used as evidence in a court of law
- do not confront your stalker or engage in any conversation or communication.
Stalking is not something you have to live with and we are here to help you.
If you have any concerns, please contact us, even if you aren’t sure that a crime has been committed.
Remember in an emergency, always dial 999.
Further information and advice can also be found on the Suzy Lamplugh Trust website.
More information is available about how to report a stalker on GOV.UK.