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Safety Tips

Please complete the following checklist to enhance your safety in any situation:

Home
  • Add alarm system (or small motion-sensor alarms) to home or apartment.
  • Trim bushes and trees around home to eliminate or reduce hiding places.
  • Place security pins in windows and sliding glass doors.
  • Install bars across the center of sliding glass doors.
  • Make sure deadbolts are secured with screws at least two inches long.
  • Attach motion-sensor lights to outside of home.
  • Install locks on bedroom doors.
  • Install panoramic peepholes on entry doors.
  • Keep cellular phone inside the home (in case phone lines are cut).
  • Keep important documents in a security box at a bank.
  • Keep an “escape” bag (with necessary daily items) at the home of a trusted friend.
  • Consider getting a dog.
Car
  • Peer inside and underneath car before entering.
  • Vary the routes you take to places of frequent travel.
  • Drive with your doors locked at all times.
  • Always leave enough space between you and the car in front of you to quickly change lanes.
  • Consult with a locksmith about enhancing the locking mechanisms on your vehicle.
  • If the stalker somehow gets inside the car with you, avoid driving anywhere. If possible, throw the keys as far away as you can.
Work
  • Make sure all of your co-workers are aware of the stalking.
  • If possible, vary your work schedule.
  • Have someone else record your voice-mail message, so that it is not your own voice.
  • Seek escorts to and from your car.
  • If possible, eliminate times you are working by yourself.
  • Instruct all persons at your workplace to refuse to disclose any information about you to a third party.
  • Ask your co-workers to not communicate with the stalker.
Public
  • Vary your daily routine.
  • Tell only trusted individuals about your future plans.
  • If you have a restraining order, carry it with you at all times.
  • Tell companions that you are being stalked.
  • Avoid isolated places such as alleyways, restrooms, etc.
Notify Sources of Information of the Need for Privacy
  • Phone company
  • Utilities (electric, water, sewer)
  • Homeowner association
  • City Hall
  • Post office (consider getting a P.O. Box for your mailing address)
  • Newspaper delivery
  • Internet provider
  • Employer
  • Professional associations
  • Club memberships (fitness, hobbies, music, books, wine, discount stores, sports, etc.)
  • Pizza delivery
  • Church
  • Schools where you are currently or have been previously enrolled
  • School reunion committees (high school and college)
  • Video rental stores
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Pharmacy
  • Insurance agencies
  • Landlord or rental agencies
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Credit card companies
  • Charities
  • Blood drive committees
  • Social security office
  • Drivers license office
  • Tax collector
  • Other

Source: Stalking: A Handbook for Victims, Emily Spence-Diehl

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