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Today, Wednesday 18 April 2012, is National Stalking Awareness Day, with police encouraging anyone suffering from stalking offences to contact them.
The National Stalking Helpline was launched two years ago and it is run by the National Cyberstalking Research Centre alongside charities including the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, Protection Against Stalking and Network for Surviving Stalking.
The National Stalking Helpline service receives more calls than ever before from people reporting obsessive, unwanted behaviour that is impactingon their lives. Yet many people still do not understand the seriousness of the crime.
Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) lead on stalking, Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan said: “The police service has worked hard to raise the profile and understanding of stalking and harassment and extensive effort has gone into improving training, guidance and our overall response.
“The service absolutely recognises the seriousness ofstalking and forces across the country are taking part in a number of activities in support of National Stalking Awareness Day.”
Dorset Police Detective Inspector, Steven Thorpe, said: “Dorset Police always takes reports of stalking very seriously. I would urge anyone experiencing stalking not to suffer in silence but to report it.
“I would advise victims to keep a record ofwhat has happened and write down as much information as possible and to contactthe police as soon as possible.
“Always be alert and aware of your surroundingsand take a common sense approach to your own personal safety.”
Follow this campaign on Twitter using the hashtag #stopstalking.
For more information, or to report an offence, please call Dorset Police on 101. Dial 999 in an emergency, when life is in danger ora crime is in progress.