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Safety Precautions
At Home
  • Change locks and add deadbolts.
  • Install a wide angle peep hole in all primary doors.
  • Trim the shrubbery near the house and keep the fuse box locked.
  • Keep flashlights with working batteries.
  • Install fire detectors, security alarms, and outside lights.
  • Get a dog for added protection.
  • Purchase rope ladders to be used to escape from second-story windows.
  • Obtain a private, unlisted phone number.
  • Identify all visitors before opening doors.
  • Instruct the phone company to block incoming calls from certain numbers.
  • Use an answering machine or Caller-ID when receiving phone calls to collect evidence of harassment, stalking, or protection order violations.
  • Use Caller-ID blocking if it is necessary to call the stalker or someone who might intentionally or inadvertently reveal the victim's phone number to the stalker.
  • Obtain a cellular phone which is preprogrammed to 911 or the number of a safe friend or relative, and keep it in an accessible hiding place.
  • Never open an unusual package, box, or device found on the property, but instead call the police and ask them to examine it.
  • Give a picture of the stalker to neighbors, if possible, and ask them to call the police if they see the stalker nearby.
  • Keep a bag packed and hidden in a safe place in case there is a need for a quick escape (The bag should contain money for phone calls, transportation, and one month's expenses; clothing; diapers; court documents; passports; identification; birth certificates; school and medical records; necessary medications; credit cards; checkbooks; work permits; green cards; mortgage/lease payments; insurance papers; bank books; telephone/address books; car/house keys; and ownership documents for house and/or car.)
  • Prepare an emergency evacuation plan and brief household members on the procedures.
            Know how to get to the local domestic violence shelter or the home of a safe friend or relative.

At Work
  • Inform supervisors, human resources personnel, or employee counselors about the situation.
  • Provide a picture of the stalker and a copy of any protection orders to security, superiors, and reception area staff.
  • Ask co-workers to call the police immediately if the stalker appears.
  • Request that all visitors and packages pass through central reception.
  • Ask a receptionist or co-worker to screen calls.
  • Save any voice mail and email messages received from the stalker.
  • Ask about flexible or alternate work hours and relocation of work space to a more secure area.
  • Request a parking space close to the building.
  • Ask for an escort to the parking lot or to the bus.

In Court
  • If the stalker is nearby, wait in a safe place such as next to a security guard or bailiff.
  • Avoid sitting close to the stalker in the courtroom.
  • Always make sure that other people are between the victim and the stalker.
  • Avoid speaking directly to the stalker.
  • Ask for an escort to and from court.
  • If the stalker follows the victim, call the police or drive to the nearest police station and report the incident.

In Public
  • Travel in groups or with a friend, if possible.
  • Have a protection order and emergency phone numbers on person at all times.
  • Avoid walking or jogging alone at night.
  • Always park in well-lit areas.
  • Alter daily routines by changing transportation routes or timing (including picking up children from school.)
  • Do not drive directly home if followed.
  • Drive to a local police station, fire department, or busy shopping center if followed and honk the car horn to attract attention.

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