Anyone, anywhere can be a victim of stalking. Male, female, young or old, stalkers target everyone and anyone. In many cases victims know the stalker because the stalker is either a current or former partner. This is why 60% of victims do not report stalkers to the police.
All stalkers are obsessed and delusional. Surprisingly, though, most stalkers are not mentally ill. There are ways to protect against stalking. However, it’s important to first understand the diverse types of stalkers and the reasoning behind their criminal behavior.
8 Different Types of Stalkers
There are 7.5 million stalkers each year. Stalkers either know or have known the victim intimately, as an acquaintance or may not know them all. Why someone becomes a stalker varies from case to case. However, there are eight types of stalkers to look out for and protect yourself from.
- Love-Lost: jealous and possessive
- Resentful: paranoid, seeks revenge, this is the most dangerous type
- Predatory: plans attacks, usually a voyeur who wants sexual gratification
- Intimacy Seeker: delusional, believes the victim is in love with them
- Casual Acquaintance: delusional, believes the person is “meant for them”
- Stranger: victim is picked at random, wrong place at the wrong time
- Serial: obsessive, motivated by a pattern of behavior
- Personal: knows the victim
Knowing what is out there lurking in the shadows, or in cyberspace is the first step of prevention. Getting familiar with the mindset of the stalker helps gain awareness of the potential warning signs that a stalker has targeted you. If you aren’t familiar with the potential signs of becoming a victim of stalking, it might just happen and negatively impact the rest of our life.
Impact of Stalking on Victims
Fear overtakes a victim’s life when a stalker sets their sights on them. A victim’s day-to-day pattern is altered and eventually control over life-changing decisions or plans is taken hostage by what the stalker does next. Below are some startling statistics:
- 46% of victims fear not knowing what will happen next
- 29% fear the stalking will never stop
- 1 in 8 lose time from work
- 1 in 7 move to escape from the stalking
The psychological impact is detrimental to the health, both mental and ultimately physical, of the victim. However, the financial implications can become significant as well when a victim feels it necessary to stay home from work and ultimately move to escape their tormentor. Take the first step toward prevention by being aware of the eight types of stalkers targeting victims anytime, anywhere.
After all, it’s “better to know the devil you know than the devil you don’t”!
Check back to learn how cyberstalking works, methods to take to prevent being a victim, and what to do if you are targeted.
Timothy Dimoff Has the Experience to Understand and Prevent Stalking
Learn more about how to protect yourself from this common criminal behavior in the Tim’s Talk Stalking and Cyberstalking: Don’t be a Victim. The easiest way to schedule Tim is to fill out the Contact Tim form. He will contact you within two business days to discuss your presentation needs.