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