People who stalk can be very dangerous.
- Keep a log of incidents including the date, time, what happened, and the names of any witnesses. Even if you decide not to pursue prosecution, you may change your mind and it will be helpful to have documentation of every incident. Sample Stalking Log
- Call the police and report what is happening to you, letting them see the evidence you have. Write down the officer’s name & number and any crime reference number you are given. Don’t forget to record this in your log.
- Contact the HopeWorks legal department to discuss your legal options.
- Make several copies of your peace or protective order, if you have one and carry a copy with you at all times.
- Save any packages, letters, messages, or gifts from the stalker. They may be important if you decide to report to the police.
- Keep your address confidential. You can get a post office box and use it on all correspondence. Put this address on your checks. Or, inquire at HopeWorks about the Maryland Safe at Home Program.
- Use an answering machine or voicemail to screen calls. Save all voicemail messages from the stalker, or record them to a tape or digital recorder and save the recordings.
- You can have your phone reject calls from anonymous or unknown callers by contacting your local telephone service provider.
- Acquaint yourself with police departments, 24-hour stores and other public, highly populated areas in your neighborhood.
- If someone is following you, never go home. Consider going to one of the public places you have identified.
- Inform security at your place of employment that you are being stalked.
- Inform friends, family, neighbors, and other people you know that you are being stalked so that the stalker cannot get information about you from them.
- If you have a picture of your stalker, give one to people you know at the places you frequent.
For more information about stalking safety planning, click here. You may also call our 24-hour Helpline for assistance developing a safety plan at 410-997-2272.