The truth is probably somewhere in between. Stalking is a crime in Colorado. It doesn’t matter who the stalker is, if the actions are undertaken with intent to harass, annoy, or alarm another person, it is illegal. Legitimate surveillance or investigation, either by law enforcement or private investigators, crosses the line when the intent to harass, annoy, or alarm another person.
What can you do if you think you are being stalked? Make sure you do not make it easy for a stalker to target you, don’t leave your house, car, garage unlocked. Unlocked doors and windows are invitations to all sorts of bad actors.
When you are out in public, be aware of your surroundings. If you are walking keep your nose out of your phone, look at what is around you – you might find some interesting things that don’t involve goofy videos, there are plenty of goofy real life things happening.
Vary your routines, do things differently. If you drive to work or other places daily, take different routes. When driving if you use WAZE, ignore the first couple of turns it suggests, it will give you a different route. Start out at different times – leave earlier. When leaving work, drive to a different super market on the way home, or just turn left instead of right – pull into a shopping area, drive through and then go back out – basically, don’t be predictable.
When you are driving, look at the other drivers and their cars. Think of who the other drivers look like – then if you see them again later you will recognize them easier. Look at the license plates around you when driving or when you park, try to make up word that fit like one with the letters YST – You Should Too, ILK – got mILK? Look at the numbers 356 – well that’s a gun, 737 – at jet plane, 069 – OH That number! Look at the goofy stick figure stickers on the windows or political stickers or dents. Anything that makes a car unique. Then if you see that car in other places it will stand our. Or that guy that looks like Brad Pitt after thirty hard years was walking past as you left work and now he’s in the grocery store twenty miles away and why did he take off his jacket? It is all about being aware of your surroundings.
So what can you do if you see things that make you alarmed – sometimes just noticing them, not even confronting them, will be enough to get them to quit. If it persists, call the police or a Private Investigator. It will help if you can say for certain that you saw the same person(s) or car(s) in different places and at different times. The latest generation of “dash Cams” are less expensive and can be mound facing front or back (or both). They can be plugged into your car’s power and can take video – some even when parked overnight – of anything moving in their range. These can make it simpler to get pictures of the same person at different times and places and will get a head start on identifying the person(s) involved.