The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, created two new offences of stalking. Whilst there is no legal definition of ‘stalking’ the act sets out examples of acts that would constitute stalking, which include watching or spying on someone, sending emails or letters, threatening or harassing through electronic means, such as social media posts (cyber stalking) and damaging property owned by them.  
In a majority of cases, the perpetrator will virtually ’touch’ the victim, in order to let them know that they have been physically close to where the victim either resides or frequents. 
Stalking and associated harassment activity can be an extremely alarming and terrifying crime and is capable of having a profound impact on the victim and those close to them. 
Whilst reporting such toxic activity to law enforcement is vitally important, unfortunately, not all cases of stalking and harassment receive the attention they deserve. 
On some occasions, the police response can be extremely disappointing, due to lack of resources or a lack of awareness and training.  
In other cases, the police response consists of informing the victim that they are unable to arrest or take any proactive response until the perpetrator has actually committed an offence, such as an assault or criminal damage. 
By engaging a private investigation company, the intended victim of such unwanted attention, can take personal control of the situation and secure the evidence they need, to either provide to law enforcement or take pre-emptive injunctive civil action themselves. 
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