Although, January is now considered the National Stalking Awareness Month, every Marylander should feel safe every day, whether they are inside their home or walking down Main Street. Stalking may include persistent following, calling, texting, emailing, watching, and monitoring someone else’s behavior and other devious activities, but not limited to. The victim may not notice the stalker’s pattern of conduct at first, but over time, they will begin to fear for their safety, as well as that of their family.
- The U.S. Census Bureau administers the National Crime Victimization Survey (PDF link listed below) bi-annually at the request of the Bureau of Justice Statistics. This survey is sent out to 49,000-77,000 American households and primarily focuses on gathering data on various types of crimes, including:
- Motor Vehicle Theft
The data collected from these surveys are comprised into a crime index and later utilized to access stalking trends. Although, many stalking claims are later determined as a false accusation, every law enforcement officer must take them very seriously. Each claim requires sensitive handling and a full investigation must be conducted. Once the evidence is gathered, it must be presented to the court, but not before the prosecution team has time to build the case.
More times than not, stalking will follow a domestic separation, leaving the stalker feeling rejected and angry at the victim. When a stalking incident is reported, Prince George’s County Police Department will immediately go out to the scene, if the individual is with the vicinity of the complainant’s home, the officers will remove them. The immediate supervisor will examine the circumstances of the incident and determine, if the victim is in imminent danger.
The victim will be advised to dial 911, if they feel their life is in danger. If you have any questions, regarding the harassment laws or feel threatened by someone, you should contact your local Prince George’s County District Station.
Hyattsville District 1 Station 301-699-2630
Bowie District 2 Station 301-390-2100
Palmer Park District 3 Station 301-772-4900
Oxon Hill District 4 Station 301-749-4900
Clinton District 5 Station 301-856-3130
Beltsville District 6 Station 301-937-0910
To see a copy of the Supplemental Victimization Survey, please click the following link: http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/svs1_06.pdf