Know how to get to the local domestic violence shelter or the home of a safe friend or relative.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.