Stalking and How to bring the Stalker to Justice

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Stalking and How to bring the Stalker to Justice

Anti-Stalking Services by INSIGNIS Investigations

Stalking is against the law and the police should take it seriously, Anti-Stalking may be your solution.

If you choose to report a stalking offence to the police, it is important to try and gather as much evidence as possible of what has been happening to you. This might include audio recordings, films or pictures, along with copies of emails, text messages, screenshots and similar. You could also keep a log of all the incidents that have occurred.

Most police officers want to be able to help you but may lack the training to have a full understanding of what stalking is, the risk factors associated with it and the distress it can cause and in today’s era of cuts the Police simply do not have the time or manpower.

What if I am not happy with the police response?

INSIGNIS Investigations conducts Anti-Stalking investigations, we will gather the evidence for you and continue to gather the evidence so that you can take it to the police in an ‘easy to use’ package.

You can systematically conquer your anxieties and eliminate the external obstacles holding you back. You can take back control. Your life can be yours. Here’s how.

What is Stalking?

Stalking can consist of many different types of behaviour and as such is one of the most frequently experienced forms of abuse.  It could be regularly sending flowers or gifts, making unwanted or malicious communication, damaging property and physical or sexual assault.  Whatever the form Stalking takes, there are many misconceptions about what stalking is about. It is not romantic. It is about fixation and obsession. It is a crime. It destroys lives.

Stalking can be defined as ‘A pattern of fixated and obsessive behaviour which is repeated, persistent, intrusive and causes fear of violence or engenders alarm and distress in the victim.’

Who Stalks?

When many people hear the word stalking they still think of a stranger lurking in the shadows or a delusional fan following a celebrity. Whilst these cover some stalking scenarios they are by no means the majority. About 45% of people who report Stalking are being stalked by ex-partners and a further third have had some sort of prior acquaintance with their stalker; you may have dated, married or been a friend with your stalker. Just because you know/knew the stalker does not mean that the situation is your fault – it is still stalking and it is wrong.

Call in the Experts

Contacting INSIGNIS Investigations and speaking to us about our Anti-Stalking Services could be one of the smartest things you will do.

There are many agencies out there, all who provide excellent safety advice and can help support you through this difficult period.  But when you need practical, positive and decisive action to be taken then there is no one in a better position than INSIGNIS Investigations.

A Course of Conduct

The Crown Prosecution Service issues guidelines to prosecutors and the police, they suggest that there has to be a course of conduct which amounts to harassment and that particular harassment can be described as stalking behaviour.

Stalking is not legally defined but section 2A (3) of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 lists a number of examples of behaviours associated with stalking. The list is not an exhaustive one but gives an indication of the types of behaviour that may be displayed in a stalking offence. The listed behaviours are:

(a) following a person,
(b) contacting, or attempting to contact, a person by any means,
(c) publishing any statement or other material relating or purporting to relate to a person, or purporting to originate from a person,
(d) monitoring the use by a person of the internet, email or any other form of electronic communication,
(e) loitering in any place (whether public or private),
(f) interfering with any property in the possession of a person,
(g) watching or spying on a person.

Section 7 defines a course of conduct as being on at least two occasions.  It may often not be immediately apparent that separate incidents are connected as a course of conduct.  Police will need to ensure that accurate records are kept of each incident.

For many individuals, the recording of incidents becomes as distressing as the act of Stalking itself.  If you are not used to recording and gathering evidence how are you supposed to be able to do it whilst under stress?  Call us, we will do it on your behalf.

Turn the Tables on Your Stalker

Our Private Investigators are all ex-police and ex-military.  We are well trained in investigation, we understand the guidelines issued by the CPS and what’s more is that we are capable of gathering the evidence, recording it, storing the evidence and presenting it.

Our Anti-Stalking investigators have the time, patience and dedication that other service providers cannot provide.

Trust our Anti-Stalking Service and we will ensure that some or all the enquiries/actions below are carried out, so that you can take the evidence in full to the police:

Statement Writing – A statement is a written account about what has happened.  You can make as many statements as you like, the next statement being a follow on from the previous as an update on recent stalking activity.  A statement may be used as evidence in court.

Diary Records – We can be on hand to help you keep a diary of every incident, tape any phone calls.  We can help take screenshots of any emails and save copies of them.

Photographs – If you have been assaulted or a victim of criminal damage, we will be able to photograph the injuries or damage and record them correctly as exhibits.

Surveillance – If the stalking is predictable and we know who the stalker is, our Anti-Stalking Service will conduct surveillance upon the stalker.  We will evidence his/her movements and record everything that they do.  We will capture video footage of them carrying out the stalking or the damage.  If we observe an offence or breach occurring, we will immediately inform both yourself and the police.

Protective Surveillance – We can also conduct Protective Surveillance for you.  Protective Surveillance is a means of providing protection, on-going intelligence and Risk Assessment via Surveillance, both physical and electronic. Protective Surveillance is ideal as it is can be used in sensitive situations but it is not intrusive or inappropriate.

GPS Tracking – When your stalker has legally issued conditions to prevent him/her from entering an area, but the area is continually being breached without evidence, we can use GPS trackers and Geo-fencing to record where the stalker is going.  If we observe an offence or breach occurring, we will immediately inform both yourself and the police.

Bad Character Evidence – You may or may not be aware of your stalker’s previous relationships.  Our Anti-Stalking investigators can trace the Stalker’s ex-partners and speak with them to determine if the Stalker has any previous bad character traits.  Evidence of past crimes, domestic abuse or harassment will only strengthen your case at court.  It may also help someone else come forward as a character witness in support of your case.

Witnesses – Having an independent witness to your stalking will strengthen your case.  We will conduct door to door enquiries, speak with colleagues or attempt to find stranger witnesses from incidents in the street.

Preserve Crime Scenes – Our ability to assist in preserving a crime scene or evidence until the police arrive can prove invaluable.  Tyre marks, tool marks, clothing, footwear, documents are a few examples of what can be preserved for analysis by the police.

Conduct Searches – Our Anti-Stalking investigators can conduct searches in any public place if you believe that evidence may be hidden or discarded in a particular area.

Legal Action – We can advise you how to obtain a Court Order against the individual. We will even personally serve that Order upon the Stalker on your behalf.

You Can Take Back Control

If you are, or you wish to refer a victim of stalking our Anti-Stalking investigators be very happy to speak to you.  Statistics show that most victims of stalking do not report the crime until the 100th occasion.  We can help put an end to the stalking much earlier than the 100th occasion and we will assist you all the way.

You are not alone, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men will experience stalking in their adult life (Homicides, Firearm offences and intimate violence 2009/10; Supplementary Volume 2 to Crime in England and Wales 2009/10 2nd Edition. Home Office Statistical Bulletin 01/11).

But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can systematically conquer your anxieties and eliminate the external obstacles holding you back. You can take back control. Your life can be yours. Here’s how.

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