More stalkers than ever before have been reported to the police, but experts believe that more victims may suffer.

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The latest figures from the Ministry of the Interior show that there were 620 reports of stalking in the city in 2019/20, which is almost a dozen a week.

Liverpool police are receiving more reports of stalking than ever before – but experts believe that many more victims may suffer in silence.

Merseyside police recorded almost four times as many stalking crimes as last year.

The figures are reflected across the region: Merseyside police received a total of 1,795 stalking reports last year, almost four times as many as last year and almost triple the figure for 2015/16.

This is also the highest number recorded by the police since stalking was listed as a separate offence in 2014.

This number more than quadrupled last year, rising from 146 in 2018/19 to 252 five years ago.

Emma Moseley of the anti-stalking organization Suzy Lamplugh Trust believes that the increase is due to an improved stalking protocol by police and law enforcement agencies, which was introduced in 2018 with the support of the charity.

Campaign supporters have welcomed the increase, which they believe is a sign that more stalkers are being identified and caught – but warned that the true picture is far worse.

“However, according to the Crime in England and Wales Survey, over 1.47 million people were stalked in 2019, so despite the increase in reports, only two per cent of victims are still affected, many of whom will have experienced up to 100 incidents before reporting to the police.

she said: “We welcome this improved identification of stalking as a crime by both victims and police.

“Stalking is a crime of psychological terror that affects all aspects of a victim’s life, often in a way that is long-lasting and traumatic.

“It is very common for victims to move home, change jobs, lose their relationships and social life, and have a significant financial impact through stalking, and to live with fear and overprotection for years after stalking ends.

“Research commissioned by the National Stalking Consortium shows that about eight out of ten stalking victims have symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder after stalking.

“It is crucial that victims be protected by the criminal justice system and taken seriously”.

Stalking is defined as persistent and unwanted attention that causes users to feel harassed and inconvenienced.

While this behavior can cause the victim to feel anxiety and fear, stalkers often see their actions as an attempt to get closer to their goal and help them or win their love.

Romantically obsessed stalkers may refuse to believe that the victim does not want to have a relationship with them.

This can include sending unwanted gifts, standing outside the person’s home or waiting at work, bombarding the victim with phone calls, texts, emails or messages in social media, and even physical assault and vandalism.

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