If you feel you are being persistently harassed by another person who is causing you distress and fear, then it is important you seek help.
If you are in immediate danger: call 999.
For more advice and support call the police on 101, or email 101.
or the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300, or email the National Stalking Helpline
How you can help the police
If you are a victim of stalking, there are a few things you can do to help us help you.
Gather evidence. Collect any evidence you can, no matter how trivial it may appear. The more information you can give us, the more evidence we can use for our investigation.
Keep voice mails, text messages, emails, pictures, examples of unwanted gifts etc. It is also important to keep a log / diary of all the incidents that have occurred whether there is evidence available or not.
Ask others to help gather information. Ask your family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues to record any sightings of the individual or, if they are approached, what was said, as this will all help.
If you are unsure about gathering evidence it may be worth speaking to the police in the first instance to find out exactly what information you might need to collect.
What if I don’t want to involve the police?
If you do not want to involve the police, there are things that you can do to help yourself.
- Always carry a mobile phone. If you feel in immediate danger at any time, call 999.
- Consider having a personal attack alarm in your bag or close at hand and ensure you know how it works.
- Change your routine and ask friends to go with you to places. Let people know your plans, so if you are not where you should be someone will know.
- Tell people what is happening to you.
Cyber Safety/Stay safe online:
- Google yourself to check your digital footprint frequently
- Change passwords often and do not use the same password for everything.
- Check privacy settings on social networking sites and limit the amount of information you put on.
- Be aware of geolocation and tagging on social networking sites and ensure that this is disabled on your smartphone
- Keep your antivirus software up-to-date.
- Report stalking to website administrators.
- If you believe that your computer or smartphone has been hacked or compromised, stop using them immediately and take them to a specialist such as your mobile phone provider or computer repair experts for advice
For more information about protecting yourself visit the National Stalking Helpline website.