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Gathering Evidence

Gathering Evidence

Example of a screenshot

Example of a screenshot

  • Preserve all online communications Make a copy of all harassing messages/photos you find online in social networks/Chat/IM messages or conversations. On a Windows PC keyboard there is a special key that says ‘Prt Sc’ or ‘PrintScreen’. If you hold down the ‘ALT’ key and press that special key, the PC will take a copy of what is on your screen. Open up a new Word or Paint document and paste the image in it, be sure to add the time and date of the conversation and save the file. As an extra precaution don’t use an obvious name for the file like ‘evidence’ but something that the stalker wouldn’t look in such as ‘recipes’.
  • Save all text messages. Also, take a picture of the text message on the phone and save that to your computer in case you lose or damage your phone.
  • Record all voice mail messages. Voicemail messages are deleted after a short while by the network so you should record all harassing voicemail messages. Make sure you note the exact time and date the voicemail arrived.
  • Save all e-mails including all the header information (see below) 

Log all harassment Get a note book or create a document on your computer to log all incidents of harassment. Each time there are incidents write them down and ALWAYS note the time and date of the incident.

  • If you are getting silent phone calls and/or hang-ups then write down every time that they occurred.
  • If you suspect that they are accessing your accounts, write down if and when passwords have changed. (change your password and add 2 step authentication if available)
  • If there is damage to your property, take a picture and note the date and time you noticed it.
  • Take a picture of your stalker if he is following you, or showing up places that are unexpected.

Mobile phone logs

  • If you are getting high volumes of harassing calls or texts via your mobile phone, you can request using the Data Protection Act. Your mobile phone provider sends your mobile phone logs to the police. Your mobile phone provider will have to send the information directly to the police. You will need to be able to provide them with a crime number, name and contact details of your police force and a police contact name for your case. You will have to give your mobile phone provider formal permission to release this information. The phone provider should be able to help you with this request. If they claim not to know of this procedure then ask them to contact the police liaison contact to help you with your request.
Jacqui Hames gives you advice on going to the police

Jacqui Hames gives you advice on going to the police