By Victoria Williams
Essex police are supporting National Stalking Awareness week, running from 18-24 April.
They have advised locals on how to react to a situation where a person feels they are being stalked, including how to avoid the situation from happening.
A post on the Essex Police Facebook page said: “This week #EPSupports National Stalking Awareness Week. If you feel someone has an unhealthy interest in you or believe you are a victim of stalking, call Essex Police on 101. If you are in immediate danger dial 999.”
The police have urged people to head home with friends in the evening, to avoid travelling alone and to keep valuables secure and not on display. More advice on the website tells the public to be “be extra careful when using cash-point. Make sure nobody is hovering nearby and don’t count your money in the street.”
For 29 years ‘The Suzy Lamplugh Trust’ has been offering support and guidance to the public and gets involved with the ‘National Stalking Awareness Week’ in order to spread awareness and prevent repetition of a serious case of stalking that happened in 1993.
In 1986 Suzy Lamplugh, a 25 year old estate agent, disappeared after she went to meet an unknown client. She had been presumed murdered and was legally declared dead in 1993. To date her body has not been found.
Her parents, Paul and Diana Lamplugh, believed that Suzy, like most people at that time – and even now – was simply unaware of the possible dangers that individuals can face in society. Paul and Diana founded the Suzy Lamplugh Trust to highlight the risks people face and to offer advice, action and support to minimise those risk.
On Thursday 21st April, The National Stalking Helpline and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust are having a live twitter Q&A and encourage the public to tell them what they think and to enquire about anything they are unsure of.
The police are urging the public to dial 999 if in immediate danger, but in a non-emergency situation and if you believe you are a victim of stalking to contact Essex police on 101.
There is also a helpline that offers information, guidance and advice provided the ‘Protection Against Stalking’ website and an email. They can be contacted on is 0808 802 0300 or by email via firstname.lastname@example.org.