Posted: Wed 20th Apr 2016

Dyfed Powys Police Is Supporting The National Stalking Awareness Week 18th-24th April

This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Apr 20th, 2016

This year’s theme is “Stalking Counts” and the focus for this year’s activities keeps the spotlight on raising awareness of the dangers of stalking and especially online stalking “The Stalking in your Pocket” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Suzy Lamplugh trust commissioned a Britain-wide survey, conducted online by YouGov, which revealed that social media has become the tool of choice for many stalkers with methods such as facebook and email being used. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Investigations relating to stalking can be linked to some of the most serious crimes that the police deal with including murder, sexual offences and domestic abuse. The impact of harassment on victims, families and communities can be devastating. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Davies said ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Anyone who has ever been stalked and/or suffered harassment knows the devastating effect it has upon feelings of safety, self-confidence, self-esteem etc. Research shows that stalking not only affects the victim but also to people connected to the victim. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Stalking is against the Law in the UK. The police can take action if you are being stalked.There does not have to be any direct threats of violence to have happened before police can act. Stalking can and does take place online. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

It is important for everyone to be aware of how they can ensure their own personal safety, and this issue may be of particular concern to you if you are being harassed or stalked. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Nobody has the right to harass you or stalk you and the Police and courts can take action against anyone who is doing such a thing. Don’t suffer in silence – Report it.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

To get help and advice please contact your local police on 101 or The National Stalking and Harassment Helpline on 0808 802 0300. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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