Safety At Home

Security

  • Consider installing an alarm system if you don’t already have one.
  • Ensure all doors and windows are fitted with locks or mortice deadlocks.
  • Install motion-sensor lights that will come on when anyone moves outside your house.
  • Consider adding gravel or pebbles to your driveway as the crunching sound will alert you when anyone is approaching.
  • Ask the police if they can loan you CCTV to gain evidence of anyone approaching your house.

Leaving and Entering Home

  • Try and vary your daily routine to prevent your stalker becoming familiar with the times you will be at home.
  • Have your keys ready when you reach your front door so you don’t have to wait on your doorstep while you look for them.
  • Vary the route you take to and from your home.

Taking Calls and Receiving Visitors

  • Do not allow anyone into your house you don’t know. Ask any workmen or professionals for ID to prove they are who they say they are.
  • Try not to answer the phone giving either your name or number; “hello” is the safest way of greeting a caller.
  • Do not answer any questions about yourself if you don’t know who’s calling and don’t conduct any market research surveys over the phone, no matter how innocent this might seem.
  • Transfer your number so it is ex-directory if you haven’t already done so.
  • Ask someone else to record your voicemail message if your stalker is calling regularly, and don’t reveal your name or number.
  • Don’t engage with malicious or repetitive callers, just hang up the phone. If the phone rings again, pick it up and don’t say anything; normal callers will identify themselves and if it is the malicious caller you can hang up again.

Other Precautions

  • Consider informing known and trusted neighbours about your harassment and ask them to keep an eye out for anyone acting suspiciously around your home.
  • If you feel at risk in your home, talk to police about measures that could help you feel safer, for example it might be possible to install a panic alarm.
  • Always keep a log of all events that occur, including the time, date, what happened and how it made you feel.
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