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Signs You Could Be Being Stalked

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

At Advanced Professional Investigations, our surveillance and private detective services are second to none. We’re here to assist with everything from fraud to background investigations, with your discretion and privacy at the top of our priority list.

An item we get calls for pretty frequently is stalking. It’s a hidden world not many people are exposed to, but those who have dealt with a stalker have often been opened up to uncomfortable and sometimes horrific experiences. We’re here to help if you’re worried about being stalked, but only you can recognize the danger signs before you give us a call. Let’s look at a few of these warning signs.

Intensity

Most people who engage in stalking behavior are very intense in nature, part of what fuels their obsession. Simply being intense doesn’t automatically mean someone is a stalker, of course, but it can absolutely be an initial warning sign.

A stalker might sustain uncomfortably long eye contact, speak in loud and argumentative tones or have extreme facial expressions. If you see these habits along with any of our other warning signs, you might have your answer.

Personal Information

A stalker will often be eerily well-informed on your life and your personal details. They might track your schedule or your online habits, and it’s very possible they’re following your social media through anonymous accounts even once you’ve blocked them. They may start grilling you over the people you take pictures or spend time with, or reveal bits of information that it should be impossible for someone in their position to know.

Unannounced Visits

If the person suddenly seems to know your schedule and shows up far more often than random coincidence would suggest, that could be another sign. In some extreme cases, stalkers will continue to come around you even when you’ve asked them not to or told them you have other plans.

Physical Advances

When they do manage to get in your presence, many stalkers will engage in uncomfortable physical advances. This may just be standing too close to you or staring at you for long periods, or could include actual grabbing and physical touching. These are possessive behaviors that signal stalking.

Have you noticed any of these signs? There’s a real chance you need to speak with one of our private investigators at Advanced Professional Investigations.

GPS Tracking in Colorado

Sunday, November 25th, 2012
Advanced Professional Investigations has cautioned against the misuse of GPS tracking technology for years. Why is GPS tracking technology such a grey area for the typical consumer as well as for private investigators in Colorado? API has compiled some recent news articles on GPS trackers and high tech stalking.
 
In this first article, a journalist contacted several California private investigators under a pretext to see if they offered GPS tracking services. The initial responses of the PI’s were disturbing. The journalist likely chose California because of their strict laws on GPS tracking.
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2012/11/gps_trackers_to_monitor_cheating_spouses_a_legal_gray_area_for_private_investigators.html
 
This next article talks about how stalkers are going high tech to do their dirty deeds. Please note the statistics compiled in a study of how victims are being stalked. The video/digital camera statistic is particularly alarming. The GPS tracking statistic has likely gone up several fold since this study. Over the years, our agency has received many phone calls from individuals whose intent was suspect. Private investigators can never be too careful in screening those cases.
http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121113/NEWS/211130335
 
Of course, like any technology or piece of equipment, there are some perfectly legitimate uses and not everything is for malicious purposes. Here’s a couple of articles that highlight those uses. The second article shows how one Minnesota county is turning the use of GPS tracking against the stalkers. As the use of GPS tracking and other investigative technology expands, API and other professional private investigators will potentially take on the role of educators for the public, and perhaps providing consultations on the proper use of the technology.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/25/garden/tracking-family-with-gps-dont-forget-the-dog.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&
http://www.startribune.com/176700931.html?refer=y