Wow! This article says stalking victims can sometimes be targeted at least 100 times before raising the alarm, a police expert says.
In our case, after approximately one week of targeted incidents of stalking we finally call the sheriffs, and they told us we shouldn’t have waited so long – as a victim of stalking, one who has never been stalked before, you tend to ignore the incidents, writing them off as something else, never wanting to believe someone has targeted you. You try to think of an innocent explanation for everything that is happening…until you can no longer do so.
Wiltshire’s deputy chief constable Paul Mills, said “[But] if left unchecked, the key to this type of behavior is fixation and that can grow very, very quickly and as a result the risk can rise.
“In the worst cases, in cases known as femicide, where females are killed by men, there is a high incidence of stalking and prior to ultimately sadly losing their lives.”
Stalking is the most UNDERREPORTED crime. The Stalking Resource Center at the National Center for Victims of Crime and the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women produced this video to enhance the ability of law enforcement first responders to recognize and effectively respond to stalking. The video is designed so that it can either be shown in its entirety (approximately 18 minutes) or as individual chapters. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2BHO8eXvxA
With new technologies emerging in our world, there are changes that can even out the playing field, when it comes to solving crime, so why not use those technologies to stop stalkers right in the beginning, before they have a chance to become lethal? It’s all about early intervention when it comes to stalking. And as “humans,” on this planet, why can’t we all pull together, and use the resources at our disposal in our fight against crime?
Ask yourself—how can we change the playing field when it comes to stopping stalking? Early intervention is the key, so let’s get on the technology bandwagon, and utilize what is now available to us.
This 19-year-old was murdered by her stalker and afterwards the police were contacted by 13 other victims who had previously made reports about this same stalker – these reports related to a three-year period before the murder, apart from one which related to contacts over 10 years…there were warning signs that were ignored.