A police force warns people to think twice before questioning the person following them
What to know if you&aposre being stalked or are just paranoid
You may not realise it but some stalkers are looking for you.
They have decided that they have to know you, which is what inspires them to go through the effort of befriending you and even following you.
Stalkers do not want to get you scared, they want to get you to think they are your friend and you can trust them, but there are some red flags.
A website called Stalking Leave, used by police forces and victim support groups for people trying to report stalking incidents to the authorities, offers advice for members of the public.
Members are asked to think twice before asking the person following them if they are stalking them or questioning them if they seem intrusive.
Stalkers may target you because you are lonely, lonely people who like others have to have their approval, or they might be obsessed with you for reasons you cannot imagine.
They may have an axe to grind, or maybe they think that you are seeing other people who are not right for you.
Having a criminal record does not automatically mean someone is a stalker. The US national leader for school safety and security Richard Heim said that, while there are stalker laws, they are only as good as the people who enforce them.
“If you think it’s a great idea to stalk your ex-lover, stalkers are not going to be afraid of you,” he said.
He says there are ways of avoiding being stalked. Go to a place you know very well, and don’t go near your former partner or their friends and relatives.
If you feel threatened or want to contact the police, call the emergency services and then hang up and don’t answer the phone again.