Forms of Criminal Harassment:
- Repeatedly following from place to place the other person or anyone known to them.
- Repeatedly communicating with, directly or indirectly, the other person or anyone known to them.
- Besetting or watching the dwelling-house, or place where the other person, or anyone known to them.
- Engaging in threatening conduct directed at the other person or any member of their family.
Since individuals’ property and possessions are often extensions of themselves. Victims of property crime often feel personally violated. They may experience violation of their sense of privacy, security, and trust, along with a sense a shock and disbelief that this could have happened to them.
Victims may experience feelings of:
Anger: at the offender for his/her actions
Frustration: with the police and the court system if the offender is not apprehended or property is not returned
Fear: that the home and property are not safe; that is they stay home the will encounter strangers in their home.
Suspicion: of strangers in the neighbourhood or even of neighbours and other people they know.
Guilt: that somehow they could have prevented this crime.
Loss: they may grieve the loss of the property.
Isolation: a sense that no one was there to help prevent this occurring.
Financial Concerns: related to the repair and replacement of items that were stolen or destroyed; the cost of ‘making do’ in the meantime; how to pay for better security.
Human Rights www.albertahumanrights.ab.ca
Lethbridge Family Services Immigration http://lfsfamily.ca/immigrant_services/index.php
Internet Safety www.rcmp–grc.gc.ca/is-si
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre 1-888-495-8501
Hate Crimes www.albertahatecrimes.ca