Stalking: Know it. Name it. Stop it.
January is National Stalking Awareness Month. Stalking is a problem that is far too widespread; every year, 7.5 million people are stalked in the United States, and 11% of stalking victims have been stalked for 5 years or more.
Stalking is defined by the National Center for Victims of Crime as “a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.” This sounds broad, but that’s because the practices and methods of stalkers varies so widely. Most stalking victims are stalked by someone they know, typically a former intimate partner. Stalking is a crime in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territories. For more eye-opening statistics on stalking in the United States, read this fact sheet.
Let’s Talk About It
One of the primary goals of National Stalking Awareness Month is simply to encourage ongoing discussions and dialogue about stalking. It is more likely than not that you know someone who has been or is currently being stalked. It’s like a family secret that everyone shares. We need to let it out so that we can face and address the problem.
Being a victim of stalking is not shameful. The victims are not a problem, and this is not a weakness. Just because you can understand it does not mean you agreed to it. No one has the right to make you feel fearful for your safety on a regular and consistent basis.
Every day, Protect America receives too many calls from stalking victims who feel unsafe and threatened, even in their own homes. Because stalkers are often previously intimate partners or close acquaintances, many know their way to and around their target’s homes. Many victims fear not only for their own safety but also the safety of their children and loved ones.
We Want to Help
As a home security company, our foremost responsibility is providing homeowners across America peace of mind. As a stalking victim, that probably sounds almost impossible, and we understand that. We want to help as much as possible; we can’t solve the problem, and we can’t make stalkers go away, but we can help to at least secure your home from invasion. Protect America offers reliable home security technology and hassle-free installation at an affordable price. We recommend these options for victims of stalking:
- Door and Window Sensors on all entrances to your home.
- Emergency Panic Buttons to place beside your bed.
- Motion Detectors inside the home in case they get in.
- Security Cameras to capture undeniable proof that they are breaking the law.
Our security experts understand the importance of meticulous security planning. Every detail matters; we won’t minimize or belittle your concerns. Call us today at 1-888-951-5136.