“Inform friends, family and neighbours of the situation, so they can keep an eye out for you.”
The magnitude of the situation punched Cassandra in the gut. “My God, this is outrageous!”
“Checking your home security is a must. Be absolutely sure every door and window is locked and all your keys are accounted for. In fact, I suggest you call in a locksmith and have the entire place re-done with new locks, since he’s obviously already gained entry.”
“I guess as long as we’re at Maggy’s, that doesn’t present much of a problem,” Cassandra said, “but I fully intend moving back home. I will not allow him to destroy my life.”
“Since I doubt I could talk you out of it, then make sure someone is there with you. If you avoid being alone, you’ll feel less vulnerable while limiting the possibility for weird creepy people to make advances.” Cassandra and Maggy exchanged knowing glances.
Cassandra interrupted long enough to explain about the objects in her house that had been moved.
“So, he/she has been watching you for a while and has taken advantage of your current condition. He’s bold.” Myerson reflected.
“Your actions will push his buttons, it’s important you remember that, and his response won’t always be predictable either which means you must be ready and vigilent.”
“I strongly suggest you reconsider your daily routines and re-arrangewhat you can and vary your movements. The less predictable you are, the harder it is for anyone to track you down.”
“That one won’t be difficult since it has changed completely already,” Cassandra mentioned the plans for the store.
“I’ll contact Shawna and explain the situation and for now, have an officer checking every few hours unless the situation escalates.”
“There are many complex reasons why someone becomes drawn to stalking. Every situation is unique, but whatever motives your personal-botherer, aim to keep all contact to a minimum. Any form of communication risks fuelling his conviction that his attention is justified.”
“Even attempting to reason with him could make things worse, which is why the most effective thing you can do, is what you have already done, to notify us. At this point, we can’t take any risks. The sooner we identify him, the sooner we can catch him.”
“For example, should he start calling you, try not to sound startled or alarmed. Simply put the receiver to one side, leave it like that for a couple of minutes before replacing it – that way the caller gets a taste of his/her own medicine without any encouragement from you. This is much easier said than done, believe me. Because at some point, despair, frustration or rage is going to war with what you know you should do.”
“I’ve already informed the phone company and they prepared and waiting. Your phones are tapped, and all incoming calls are monitored.” Cassandra was staggered by the information he’d imparted.
“God, I didn’t realize the situation was this serious and definitely not this involved.”
“It’s as serious as it is complex,” he said, compassion momentarily overshadowing concern.