Most people who are being stalked know who their stalker is. A police officer will ask you for a statement. This means providing as much information as possible about:
Who your stalker is, your relationship with the stalker and as much information about this person as you can
A photograph, where he / she works, the make, model and registration number of the car he / she drives
A protection order, if you have one (please provide a photocopy)
Any evidence you have gathered such as text messages, emails, telephone or mobile voice recorded messages, gifts, or anything else that you have manage to collect or photograph
Stalking is a victim impact defined crime, therefore it is important to inform the police about the impact this is having on your life
What response you should receive:
You must ensure you have the police officers' name and contact details, or ask for a point of contact
The police will explain about the importance of keeping an accurate diary of events
They will offer safety planning advice
The more information you can provide to the police the easier it will be for them to assess the risks and investigate the crime
They will be able to signpost you to the relevant support agencies and organisations
In some cases, your stalker may be a stranger or someone who has withheld their identity. This will limit the information you will be able to provide to the police but nevertheless, the police will do what they can to help you.
If you or someone you know feel you are in danger, please contact your local police, the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300 or choose from the list of helplines in our Helplines section of this website.