BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A new CBS drama debuting Wednesday night on Channel 4 takes a look at how police work to catch stalkers. Although the stories behind CBS’s new show “STALKER” are fictional, stalking is a real problem for people in person and on the internet.
“Stalking is a form of power and control and at the heart and soul of this is domestic violence is power and control,” said Mary Travers Murphy of the Family Justice Center in Buffalo.
In most cases, the victim is being stalked by someone they know. Now stalkers are using other tools to prey on their victims. Abby Kirsch knows from experience how scary that can be.
“’Hey I’m going to work at 5 o’clock’ and someone hops on your Facebook that you don’t really know they can figure out where you work on your Facebook and everything like that,” Kirsch explained.
Law enforcement has noticed a rise as well. FBI Special Agent Brian Boetig said, “As cyber crime in general is increasing, cyber stalking being part of cyber crime will see an increase as different technologies and different apps are created to make it easier for people to do that.”
Organizations like Family Justice Center are on the forefront of fighting back.
“We offer a “tech check” to clients if people think they are being stalked on their phone or computer,” Travers said.
These “tech checks” are a new way to find out if a victim is being stalked on social media.
“Perpetrators use social media to track and stalk their victims and they need to understand to stop posting in order to keep safe,” Travers explained.
If you feel like you are being stalked, start keeping a log of events. That helps police build a case against the stalker. Also call your local police agency.
You can also contact the Family Justice Center in Buffalo for help. Go to fjcsafe.org or call 716-558-SAFE (7233).