Do the following if you are threatened or are a victim of stalking.
- Call the police on 911 if anyone maliciously, willfully, and repeatedly follows or harasses you, or makes a credible threat that places you in fear of your safety. File a crime report and get a case number. A detective will contact you about the case.
- Get a TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) or have a police officer get an EPO (Emergency Protective Order) for you. Have the stalker served with a copy of the order. Keep a copy and give copies to your friends, relatives, co-workers, and employer. If you live in an apartment building, also give a copy to the manager along with a picture of the offender.
- Alert your friends, relatives, co-workers and employer about your case. Have them file a police report if they are also victimized.
- Keep a record of all stalking incidents. Keep it in a secure place.
- Report all stalking incidents to the detective in charge of your case.
- Keep an emergency bag packed with clothes, money, emergency phone numbers, toys for your children, etc.
- Show a picture of the stalker to your neighbors.
- Alert your neighbors with a prearranged code or signal if the stalker is at or near your home.
- Move to a temporary safe house or shelter as a last resort. Keep new location secret. Get a U.S. Post Office or private mailbox for your mail.
In addition to the other personal security measures listed above:
- Change your home locks.
- Never walk alone.
- Avoid public places.
- Vary your schedule and route when you drive. Know were nearby police and fire stations are located.
- Install a locking gas-tank cap in your vehicle.
- Be alert for vehicles following you.