I live in California and have been getting all these harrassing text messages from a number I dont recognize. However, I m almost sure who is behind the screen and I believe this person is using a text free app to text me since this person knows I have her phone number. The question is, if I file a police report with ny suspision of who this person is, what is the procres for this? Does anything get done about it? Should I just file a police report online to have something to show in case this person does something else in the future? Truth is, she is insane and I will always definitely do everything in my power tonavoid any kind of confrontation but I think I want to file this report just so there s history about all these stuff...Also, is there like a way to prove who this person is???
- PhillipLv 45 months ago
File the complaint. The police can give you guidance on what to do if more is needed.
- FoofaLv 75 months ago
You'd go into your local police department to file a complaint (but as a fellow Californian I can tell you the cops aren't going to do anything about it).
- joensfcaLv 75 months ago
Harassing Texts Are Illegal, but Will Police Pursue Them?
Most states have criminal laws against harassing texts, in some form or another. Harassment has a rather low level threshold: it is repeated, unwanted contact. Even spam may be considered harassing texts, but these aren't the kind in which to call the police, and if you do, don't expect any action to be taken in the near future.
The harassing texts police follow up on tend to be those that endanger health, safety, and welfare. Before contacting the police, ask the sender to stop sending them. If that doesn't work, set up an appointment to meet with police to explain the situation.
Health: Are the Texts Creating Stress and Anxiety?
Repeated text messages that are affecting your health should be reported. Everyone has different stress and anxiety thresholds, and once harassing texts have elevated you past these, it is time to contact the police. When reporting them, make sure the police understand if you have a pre-existing health condition that would make your threshold potentially lower, and especially let them know if the harassing person knows this. In extreme cases, this information can lead police to intervene after only one harassing text.
Safety: Do You No Longer Feel Safe?
If harassing texts are making you feel unsafe, these should be reported as well. Perhaps the text is menacing or stalking. If you are even contemplation changing your daily patterns to avoid certain situations warned about in the harassing texts, for fear of personal injury, contact the police.
Welfare: Are These Affecting Your Job?
Many people receive harassing texts that threaten their career, job, or livelihood. They can be sexually offensive from co-workers, giving rise to a sexual harassment claim, or as it is now termed, textual harassment. There are even some cases between co-workers that are ex-lovers that have risen to the level of revenge porn. Repeated texts from co-workers can be annoying, coming at all hours of the night asking about the progress of a project. You may want to address these with your human resources department. However, if that doesn't help, or if you have a warranted fear of retaliation, you should speak with the police. Some unwanted texts, especially ones that contain lewd photos, could give rise to a criminal arrest.
If any of these three apply to your situation, contact the police in the city in which your harasser lives. For best results, make sure you have plenty of evidence, clearly sorted, in order to make investigating your case that much easier. Police are hear to help protect your health, safety, and welfare from these menacing texts.
- Beverly SLv 75 months ago
Block the number..
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- Katie MLv 75 months ago
My daughter was having the same issue. An ex was harassing her, using the ap that disguises phone numbers. She did go to the police and was told there wasn't much that could be done since they can't trace these numbers.
This is wrong on so many levels, I hope you can find some good answers. I wish you luck.