Stalking & Harassment

You don't have to be a celebrity or someone in the public eye to get stalkers. It's not always easy to know how to handle it when you're being pursued by an unwanted person, and there are many steps that can be taken if they decide to escalate their behavior. This post will cover what types of people typically become stalkers, some warning signs that should make you worry about your safety and how stalking is different than other types of harassment. We'll also talk about what you can do if this happens to you, including seeking legal help from a qualified professional.

Let's Define Stalking

According to the not for profit organization, Safe Horizon, a victim assistance organization in New York. stalking can exhibit these 4 behaviors:

  • Repeated calls, text messages, e-mails, or posts via social media

  • Following the victim or showing up where they are (e.g., near home, work, school, or other places the victim might frequent)

  • Using technology to track, find out and/or disseminate personal information about the victim

  • Threatening to hurt the victim and/or people they care about

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Types of Stalkers

Dr. Ronald M. Holmes, professor emeritus of criminology, puts forth that the following 7 categories are the most definitive types of stalkers:

  • Domestic: stalking a former spouse or paramour. This is the most prevalent kind of stalking and one which can manifest in the workplace, putting innocent bystanders at risk.

  • Lust: serial predators who stalk victim after victim. Serial rapists and murderers may begin as lust stalkers. For example, Ted Bundy.

  • Love-Scorned: an acquaintance, coworker, neighbor, etc. who desires an intimate relationship with the victim, but is rebuffed. (A sub-type of the love-scorned stalker is someone with the delusional disorder erotomania. This type of stalker—usually female—believes her target is madly in love with her. The woman who repeatedly broke into David Letterman’s home and stole his car, claiming to be his wife, is one example.)

  • Celebrity: those who stalk famous people. For example, John Hinckley.

  • Political: stalking motivated by political beliefs, which could include either agreement or disagreement with the victim. For example, Sirhan Sirhan.

  • Hit (murder for hire): stalking of a victim by a hired killer in order to commit murder.

  • Revenge: an angry former employee, an aggrieved business partner, a resentful neighbor, a vindictive relative, or any other person—usually known to the victim—whose motive for stalking is payback. One example is the ex-con Max Cady in the movie, Cape Fear, who stalks Sam Bowden, the lawyer who represented him at trial.

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What To Do If You Suspect You Are Being Stalked

1. If you are being stalked, contact the police and file a report

2. Change your phone number to an unlisted or unpublished number

3. Install security cameras in public areas of your home

4. Stay alert - if someone is following you, cross the street and change directions

5. Keep your car locked at all times - don't leave it running unattended for any length of time

6. Don't give out personal information to strangers on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter

How Can We Help You With a Stalker?

Stalkers are often someone the victim knows. If the person is unknown, we can help you make a determination as to who the person may be. We often find that the stalker may have a history of violence and abuse.

We can check backgrounds, provide counter-surveillance and protect you with our physical presence. We can provide you with security and privacy consulting as well.

Once we have developed a strong enough case we can speak with authorities about the situation. A private investigator can help you identify your stalker, gather evidence against them, and protect you from harm.

If your stalking is in any way related to domestic abuse, it's imperative that you seek assistance from law enforcement immediately!

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In Conclusion

If you are being stalked, it is important to take action. We have the expertise and experience to help guide you through this difficult process. Stalking can be a frightening thing for victims of stalking, but we’re here to make sure that your fears don’t come true and give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing what steps need to be taken in order to put an end on someone's unwanted attention.

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