What is Stalking?
Stalking is a criminal offence and is "a pattern of unwanted fixated and obsessive behaviour which is intrusive and causes fear of violence".
The four signs of Stalking behaviour (Think FOUR):
Types of Stalking
Stalking can be unwanted and repeated:
Cyber stalking including dating apps
Interfering with/damage to property
Tips and Advice
- Do not engage with your stalker in any way
- Talk to family, friends, neighbours, colleagues, or your manager about the harassment if you feel comfortable doing so. The may be able to help by collecting further evidence on your behalf or by putting protective measures in place.
- Be aware of how much of your personal information is in the public domain and take steps to protect your data.
- Above everything, trust your instincts.
- Consider carrying a personal alarm.
- Vary your daily routine and take different routes to and from work.
- Know where the nearest safe location is, for instance a police station. But, if there isn't one nearby, you could use a 24 hour supermarket with security guards and CCTV.
- Talk to the police about using CCTV and/or installing a panic button at your home.
- Consider installing an alarm system.
- Ensure all your doors and windows are locked before you leave home or go to sleep.
- Get your computer checked for malware and key logging software.
- Change your passwords frequently and don't use the same password for everything.
- Limit the amount of information you share about yourself on social networking site and check your privacy settings to ensure you are not giving away more information about yourself than you intend to.
- Keep your anti-virus software up-to-date.
- Report any stalking activity on websites to the administrators. If they won't act, contact the web hosting company.
- You can find more information here
STALKING IN THE WORKPLACE
Stalking can take place in many forms in the workplace. Some stalkers are colleagues or clients of the victim, others are individuals who are unrelated to the workplace but who make contact with the victim at work because of ease of access or to cause them further distress.
Stalking behaviour can include:
- Telephone calls
- Making false complaints to employers
- Monitoring or spying
- Visiting place of work