MUST DO ASAP...
- Document everything.
- Report every incident to the Police.
- Keep a record of all contacts made by the perpetrator. Include dates, times, and locations of each incident.
- Photograph injuries or damage to property.
- Keep all voice messages, text messages, social media posts, and e-mails left by the perpetrator.
- Review the availability of call blocking on your home phone to block calls you do not wish to receive.
- Keep all communication and gifts sent by the perpetrator. The more information you can provide, the easier it will be to establish the stalking pattern and can be included as evidence in the crime.
- Consider applying for a protection order and carry a copy of it with you. For obtaining protective orders in Broomfield, please contact the Broomfield Combined Courts Protection Order Clinic at 720.887-2179. Click here for Colorado State protection order information.
- Changing locks and installing deadbolts.
- Installing additional outdoor lighting, if necessary.
- Reviewing your cell phone and computer to insure that unauthorized software applications such as spyware have not been downloaded.
- Stalkers may also use technology like hidden cameras or GPS to track your whereabouts. Look for any unapproved equipment at your home or on your vehicle.
- Never give personal information over the phone without confirming the identity of person to whom you are speaking. Screen your phone calls.
- Making your social media pages private. Do not accept friend requests from anyone if you feel uncomfortable. Unfriend or delete individuals if you are concerned with them sharing information with the perpetrator.
- Keeping money, a spare set of keys, and a packed suitcase available for quick departure.
- Informing your friends and neighbors of the situation if you feel comfortable doing so; if possible, show them pictures of the perpetrator so they may warn you and call police if they see him or her.
- Signing up for Smart 911. Broomfield residents can create a safety profile to better inform law enforcement during a 911 call of specific needs in their household as a victim.
- Using a post office box for mail delivery or consider applying for the Colorado Address Confidentiality Program.
- Do not throw anything in the trash that has your name, address, and/or telephone number on it. If perpetrators can gain access to your trash, they can use the information to continue to stalk you.
- Don't give out your number on websites unless it is absolutely necessary. This will keep your phone number protected. List your number on the "Do Not Call" government website.
- If you have a home phone, check with your home phone company about obtaining an unpublished phone number.
- Inquiring about changing passwords on all personal financial records, medical records, utilities, bank accounts, credit cards. and even club memberships. If you have a joint account with a former spouse, intimate partner, or friend contact the bank, credit card company, or organization to find out how the account can be changed to remove the joint access.
- Never meeting with him or her to “talk things out.”
- Do not assume they will leave you alone if asked.
- Do not return letters or gifts.
- Elaborate schemes are often used to gain attention or to make you feel guilty. Do not assist the perpetrator if they have a crisis.