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Tracking Statistics Initiative

Tracking statistics of stalking crimes.

Right now the statistics on stalking are very outdated. This makes it very difficult to prove the rising need to show legislators to begin taking this seriously. Some states do not even put these statistics in their yearly reports on crime.


Why is this so important?


Crime statistics can be a tool in helping criminal justice professionals anticipate increased risk of crime.


National crime data is an excellent tool in helping to improve relations with the community. Making stalking crime data public increases transparency. It also allows for a dialogue between law enforcement and the public they serve, As with any other government agency, the public deserves to be informed about how well police are protecting the community.


Budgets are a crucial part of law enforcement at the local, state, and federal levels. Keeping communities safe starts with allocating enough money to the right places and programs. Crime statistics allow accuracy when creating these budgets. This allows them to see where more resources are needed to keep the communities safer. It is impossible to develop appropriate budgets for law enforcement without statistics.


The use of crime statistics goes beyond budgeting for law enforcement. For example, the data from these statistics can be used to help determine which programs or communities will receive criminal justice grants. A review of statistics can help criminal justice professionals allocate their limited personnel and financial resources more efficiently.


Law enforcement initiatives must be measured against crime statistics in order to determine whether they are working or if changes need to be made.

Power in Numbers

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7.5 million

Americans are stalked every year.

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2006

Is the last time the Bureau of Justice did a national study on the statistics.

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113.85%

Is the percentage increase in Protection From Stalking orders filed in the stat of Kansas from 2003-2018.

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