Stalking - crime prevention advice and evidence preservation
Being a victim of crime can be an upsetting and traumatic experience, Nottinghamshire Police take all reports of harassment seriously.
Stalking is a pattern of Fixated, Obsessive, Unwanted, and Repeated behaviour.
What happens next?
An officer will attend and speak to you about your report. Your report will be dealt with sensitively and you will be asked questions to complete a risk assessment. This ensures risks are properly identified to effectively safeguard you.
What you can do:
If stalking takes place online or over the phone, it is important to save copies of any contact made
The officer will ask you to provide a statement and will explain what happens if you provide a statement, which gives us best evidence to build a case towards prosecution or other outcomes
You will be offered the opportunity to provide a Victim Personal Statement (VPS), which is your opportunity to explain how the stalking has affected you
What you can do:
There are some steps you can do to protect yourself from stalking, these include:
Take a mobile phone out with you and make sure it is charged
Alter your daily routine if you can
Tell a trusted friends your plans
Turn off any GPS tracking on your devices. Consider changing your passwords if you feel someone has accessed your online accounts
If you feel you are being followed, head straight for a commercial property or Police station and ask for help
Do not engage in ongoing contact with the perpetrator
Ideally do not block them from contacting you but keep a diary to log all contacts to help us show a course of conduct (which means it’s happened more than once)