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Man allegedly uses GPS tracking device to stalk woman

Imagine someone knows everywhere you go and all of the phone calls you make. Beware, it may mean that you are being stalked. Stalking is often related to cases of domestic violence. Unfortunately, several women become victims of domestic violence each year in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Recently, a man has been charged with stalking a Hatfield woman. Hatfield police have taken a Philadelphia man into custody on charges that he allegedly stalked the woman by attaching a GPS device to her car and following her. The suspect has been charged with five counts of stalking by committing acts that caused fear and harassment of the victim, as well as simple assault and making terroristic threats.

According to sources, the suspect allegedly began stalking the victim in early May and continued to do so into late August. Her suspicions that the man had planted a tracking device on the car were aroused when she noticed that he had allegedly followed her to a restaurant in Philadelphia. The woman further alleges that the suspect knew where she was even when she didn't have her phone with her.

The man apparently stopped stalking the victim for about a month when the car was being repaired. It is alleged that the suspect called the dealership and asked if a GPS tracking device had been found in car. Later, a tracking device and battery pack was found underneath the dashboard of the car. Police revealed that the suspect had purchased and activated the device with credit cards in his name.

Stalking can involve threats over the phone or following a person without his or her consent. Stalkers generally attempt to cause fear to the person whom they are stalking. Anyone can be a victim of stalking. People who stalk are generally a former partner or relative of the victim

If a person feels that they may be a victim of a stalker, it can be vital to immediately contact authorities. A restraining or no-contact order may be issued under certain circumstances. It is important to document each time an individual is being stalked.

Source: The Reporter," Man accused of stalking Hatfield woman," Dan Sokil, Nov. 2, 2012

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