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Are you being followed or harassed by someone? Perhaps you are being persecuted or intimidated by a stalker? Privatdetektiv.se helps you identify stalkers and collect invaluable evidence. The stalking may be physical, where the individual follows you around, or involve unwanted contact attempts. Stalking is often systematic, planned and recurring, and it is highly uncomfortable (and many times unsafe) for the victim. Unfortunately, the police have limited resources, and cases of stalking are rarely a priority. This is where we can assist.

WHAT IS STALKING?

Stalking involves unlawful persecution; an individual exposes another person to systematic and recurring stalking and pursuit. Stalking can also be about someone making repeated and unwanted attempts of contact with their victim, and committing acts that can be perceived as scary and/or offensive. Examples of unwanted contact are (but are not limited to) text messages, email, phone calls, and regular mail such as postcards and letters.

In some cases, the perpetrator is a person who is driven by a compulsive need to persecute and sneak up on his/her victim, but in other cases, the stalker may be a former spouse or partner who either seeks to reconnect or who wants to punish the victim by invoking fear and unease. In the majority of cases, the affected individual is a regular person, but public figures and celebrities run an increased risk of being exposed to a stalker at some point in their lives or careers.

We tend to use the English word “stalking” also in Swedish contexts, but may occasionally use the Swedish variety known as “stalkning.”

IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE

Stalking becomes a massive problem for the affected person. It impacts every aspect of your life and often creates deep fear and anxiety. Anyone who has been the subject of systematic persecution – the perpetrator being a stranger or someone you know – can sign off on just about how unpleasant it can become. Statistics show that women are the most likely to report a stalking incident, often by a previous partner. However, our experience has taught us that anyone can end up with a stalker, and it can sometimes be a question of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. If you are being stalked, it is important to take immediate action, for a bigger chance to solve the issue without serious incidents.

Many have voiced their concern regarding the current lack of effective legislation against the act of stalking, and the authorities currently lack the resources to properly follow up on these incidents and to provide victims with the help they need.

EXPOSED TO STALKING?

Privatdetektiv.se has extensive knowledge and experience when it comes to identifying and confronting stalkers. We are very well aware of the pain and suffering victims are exposed to, and we, therefore, take this issue very seriously. If you are currently in a situation where you suspect- or know that you are being subjected to stalking, it is important that you contact us right away. Hoping that the issue will go away on its own is never a good idea, as it rarely does, and our possibilities to help are significantly bigger the sooner you bring us onboard.

We use the following working methods to identify and catch stalkers. Depending on the type of stalking involved, one or more of these methods may be considered.

  • GPS tracking – If you suspect that an individual is stalking you, or if someone is damaging your property, then we can trace the suspect’s vehicle to see when he or she is approaching your home, your workplace or wherever you are presently at. This service also includes alarm functions that alert you when the person enters a so-called safe zone.
  • Physical surveillance – We can conduct surveillance at different locations to identify stalkers. Places we vigilize are your mailbox, for when you go pick up the paper in the morning, your workplace, or we could discreetly follow you around for a day to make sure nobody is following you.
  • Cell tower tracking – It is possible to identify which SIM cards are- or have been moving in a specific geographical area. This allows you to identify telephone numbers, and the owners of those numbers, who have circulated close to where you live. The cell tower range is limited to an about 400-500 meter radius in most places.
  • DNA analysis – Stalkers will sometimes send letters, postcards, or items to their victims. You should store these documents or objects in a plastic bag, preferably without touching them too much yourself, and at room temperature. DNA can be extracted and compared to that of potential suspects.
  • Fingerprints – Just like above, fingerprints can be used to compare with those of a suspect. Both fingerprint- and DNA collection and analysis can be done without the suspect’s knowledge and approval.
  • IP logs – Most people, including stalkers, use their own computers or cellphone when communicating. We have methods for tracking IP addresses, to see who is behind, for example, a sent email. This method is suitable for online harassment.
  • Unknown numbers – Anyone who calls you can call from an unknown number, which becomes a problem if the person calling is problematic. We can identify an unknown number that has been calling you, as no telephone number is completely secret or unknown.
  • Debit cards  Is it possible to find out who owns a debit card based on the numbers on the card? Yes, it is possible, provided that the stalker has made some classic (and surprisingly common) mistakes. In this case, we have chosen not to reveal the technical aspect of how it works.

 

Once the stalker has been identified, a confrontation may be the next step. After this, the problem will often go away, because the stalker now knows that he or she has been identified. It isn’t always the case, though, and in more serious cases, the gathered material from the investigation can then be used to file a police report.

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Contact us for more information. We offer a free consultation, to analyze what solutions are available for you and your particular situation

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A Mentally Unstable Woman

For several years, a family has received text messages and letters from a person they do not know who it is. The messages are not directly threatening, but they do indicate a disturbing obsession with the family. The family first chooses to try to ignore it, because they still do not feel threatened or directly attacked. But little by little, this "courting" starts to become an increasingly irritating occurrence, and the family begins to perceive it as a form of persecution and an intrusion of their privacy.
The family contacts us for assistance. Our physical and digital surveillance quickly gives results, and it turns out the person who has been stalking the family is a woman who was once their neighbor.
The family contacts us for assistance. Our physical and digital surveillance quickly gives results, and it turns out the person who has been stalking the family is a woman who was once their neighbor.

A Famous Family Gets Stalked

Celebrities run an increased risk of being exposed to stalking. A well-known case is the Taube family, who was stalked by a woman for a period of 35 years.
It all started in 1963, when the woman heard Evert Taube on the radio. She was convinced that Evert was in love with her, and stalked him intensely in several ways. The woman started out by stalking Evert, but then went on to stalk Evert's wife Astri, and eventually, she began stalking his son Sven-Bertil. The woman even stalked the son - Sven-Bertil - while he was traveling abroad in Argentina and England. The culmination of the persecution was when the woman, in 1969, burnt down the Taube family's summer place in Sjösala. The woman suffered from mental illness and was sentenced to psychiatric care.

Stalked by Her Ex

A young woman, who a few months earlier had broken up with her boyfriend, discovers that he seems to be following her around, and he won’t stop contacting her. He sends text messages and emails, where he mainly expresses how he feels he is being unfairly treated. He will sometimes take on a threatening tone, and he shows clear dislike over the fact that the woman is dating again. The woman has caught the man observing her when she goes to meet up with friends or when she hits the shops downtown.
Clearly, this woman is being stalked. The letters he sends make it clear that he has been stalking her, as he constantly comments on the things she’s been doing and on the people she has been seeing; he accuses her of having poor judgment when it comes to both friends and dates with those of the opposite sex.
The type of stalking this man conducts entails careful documentation of the victim’s life, and his tone eventually changes and becomes more threatening, That is when the woman decides to contact us. We investigate the case and go on to confronting the man. The documentation we provide the woman with also gives her the opportunity to pass on the case directly to the police.

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