1) Call the Police or Sheriff
This is the first thing to do when stalking incidents occur. Explain exactly what happened and what threats were made against you. Safety at UNI.
2) Take Extra Precautions
Your first defense against stalking is to have a heightened awareness of what is happening around you. You may want to tell others about the threat, including neighbors, family, co-workers. Ask them to keep an eye out for strange occurrences. Consistently lock your home (preferably with dead-bolt locks) and lock your car while you are driving and when you park. Check to see that no one has hidden in your car before you get in it. Park in well-lit, secure areas. Avoid walking alone in dark areas at night, or in isolated areas at any time of the day. Phone University Police to obtain free escorts to and from campus locations.
3) Keep a Log
It is crucial that stalking victims maintain a log of what has happened to them. Recording this detailed information will help to justify the need for a restraining order, and if the case leads to a trial, these logs will help you recall specific details about incidents that may have happened some time ago.
- This log should be used to document all stalking behavior, including phone calls, e-mails, letters, property destruction, and threats, including those communicated through someone else.
- When reporting the incidents to law enforcement, always write down the officer's name and badge number for your own records. Even if the officers do not make an arrest, you can ask them to make a written report and request a copy for your records.
- Since this information could potentially be introduced as evidence or inadvertently shared with the stalker at a future time, do not include any information that you do not want him/her to see.
- Attach a photograph of the stalker, photocopies of restraining orders, police reports, and other relevant documents. Keep the log in a safe place and tell someone you trust where you keep the log.
4) Develop a Safety Plan
Prepare and maintain a safety plan.