Police across Devon support National Stalking Awareness Day

10:15 24 April 2014

Archant

Police urge people to ‘REPORT’ stalking incidents on national awareness day today (Thursday).

DEVON and Cornwall Police is urging people not to suffer in silence during National Stalking Awareness Day today (Thurs).

According to a British Crime Survey, as many as one in five women, and one in 10 men, reported being stalked at some point in their lives.

Stalking is classes as unwanted and obsessive attention by one individual towards another, and could involve phone calls, gifts, following a person, or damaging property.

Police are urging people to remember to ‘REPORT’, and remember the following:

R – Report it to the police and tell other people.

E – Ensure you get practical advice by calling the National Stalking Helpline or police.

P – Proactive evidence collection

O – Overview of what’s happening, by keeping a diary including times, dates and details.

R – Risk checklist, by completing a stalking screening checklist.

T – Trust your instincts and never make contac6t with your stalker.

Detective Chief Inspector John Trott said: “Stalking is taken very seriously by the police and the National Stalking Awareness Day gives us the opportunity to raise awareness of the issue and provide people with some practical advice.

“As a force, we are now taking significant measures to improve support to victims of stalking.

“This includes extensive training for officers to raise their awareness and comprehension of stalking as well as introducing a dedicated senior officer responsible for increasing insight and understanding in this area.

“Our knowledge of stalking is increasing and the victim is our priority.

“We know the persistent unwelcome behaviour by a stalker causes extreme distress and fear for victims.

“It is very important for anyone who thinks they are being stalked to seek help immediately from the police so we can investigate the incident(s) and support them.”

Police will be using Facebook and Twitter to provide advice and support and aims to reach as many people as possible during today.

For further advice and information call the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300 or contact Devon and Cornwall Police by calling 101.

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sidmouth Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sidmouth Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sidmouth Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

Thu, 13:19
Mary King greeted with Herald in California

Olympic silver medallist Mary King was met with a familiar sight in the Californian heat on a recent trip to America - as she was greeted with a copy of the Sidmouth Herald.

Read more
Wed, 16:49
Jonathan Marshall

A celebrity falconer’s media career is in ruins after he forged an animal passport for his Golden Eagle so he could appear on the ITV Alan Titchmarsh show.

Read more
Wed, 13:18
Head teacher of Newton Poppleford Primary School, Stuart Vaughan. Ref shs 3049-50-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton.

The £2.5million rebuild of Newton Poppleford Primary School will be good for the pupils and the community as a whole, according to its headteacher.

Read more
Wed, 10:11
Money

Small-scale developers will no longer have to compensate communities for the extra pressure their new homes will place on schools and leisure facilities, under new rules announced by central government.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Photo Orders
Competitions
Subscriptions
Facebook
Family notices

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition today E-edition
Devon�s trusted business finder