Crimestoppers: Tips to avoid stalking, what to do if you become a victim



Posted on January 21, 2014 at 11:41 AM
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Darlene Cusanza from Crimestopper, along with New Orleans Police Detective, Eric Bear, join the Eyewitness Morning News to talk about a very serious topic, stalking.

It's a crime that's more widespread than most might think as nearly 1 in 12 women and 1 in 45 men are stalked at least once in their life, and it's not just a question of being followed, stalking is an attack that instills fear and at its worst, inflicts violence.

If you become a stalking victim:

  1. Tell the person to stop firmly then eliminate all contact
  2. Document everything and give copies to law enforcement
  3. Carry a cell phone and have a safety plan
  4. Tell family, co-workers, neighbors that you are being stalked and not to give any information on you
  5. Protect your personal information and consider changing contact information. Flag your accounts
  6. Be sure your home is secured with good lighting, deadbolt locks and alarm

Stalking victims can also get help from the Family Justice Center by calling (504) 592-4005.