What Stalkers Do

While what stalkers do vary person to person, here are a list of things that they may do:

  • Follow you and show up wherever you are.
  • Send unwanted gifts, letters, cards or emails.
  • Damage your home, car, or other property.
  • Monitor your phone calls or computer use.
  • Use technology, like hidden cameras or global positioning systems (GPS), to track where you go.
  • Drive by or hang out at your home, school, or work.
  • Threaten to hurt you, your family, friends, or pets.
  • Find out about you by using public records or online services, hiring investigators, going through your garbage, or contacting friends, family, neighbors, or coworkers.
  • Posting information or spreading rumors about you on the internet, in a public place, or by word of mouth.
  • Other actions that control, track, or frighten you.

Study of Stalkers:

  • 2/3 of stalkers pursue their victims at least once per week, many daily, using more than one method.
  • 78% of stalkers use more than one means of approach.
  • Weapons are used to harm or threaten victims in 1 out of 5 cases.
  • Almost 1/3 of stalkers have stalked before.
  • Intimate partner stalkers frequently approach their targets, and their behaviors escalate quickly. [Kris Mohandie]