Northumbria Police believe stalking is under-reported as potential victims don't believe separate events are serious enough to come forward about.
On average, men and women wait until there have been 100 incidents before telling anyone.
If you think you are being stalked, the following advice has been issued.
- Trust your instincts
- Tell a colleague
- Keep evidence and a log
- Do not respond
- Describe stalker or show photograph to colleagues
- If possible, vary route to work
- If working offsite, ensure colleagues know where you are going and how long you will be there
- If in immediate danger, dial 999
The Working Without Fear Campaign is being launched today to coincide with National Stalking Awareness Day.
Anyone with concerns can contact the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300.
Police are reminding people who face stalking or harassment that help and support is available to them as part of a national campaign.
Thursday 18 April is National Stalking Awareness Day, and police are urging people to get in touch if they are being stalked - including "online stalking".
The increase in online social networking means "online stalking" is on the rise and advice on how to avoid being harassed while on the internet is available on the Northumbria Police website.
Last November, two new offences of stalking were created, which include the following examples:
- Attempting to contact by any means
- Spying on a person
To report stalking or harassment people can contact the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300 or Northumbria Police on 101.
National changes have been made in legislation on stalking that has made stalking a specific offence for the first time.
The new legislation also includes a more serious offence of stalking involving fear of violence or serious alarm or distress.
Stalking can include:
- Publishing material relating to the victim
- Interfering with property
- Watching or spying
National research shows that, on average, someone is stalked for two and a half years - and eighty percent of victims are stalked by someone they know.
Stalking is believed to affect one in five women and one in ten men at some point in their lives.
To report an offence of stalking or harassment, you can contact Northumbria Police on 101 or in an emergency by dialling 999.
Northumbria Police is urging victims of stalking and harassment to get in touch so that they can help them.
The call follows national changes in legislation which have made stalking a specific and punishable offence for the first time.
Police have also been given new powers to search premises and properties for evidence of stalking behaviour.
According to new research from a study by Durham University, women in the region do not think that police take rape, domestic violence and stalking as seriously as they should do.
The study found that only half the women would definitely report domestic violence if it happened to them.
Only 49 per cent said they would definitely report domestic violence if it happened to them and just over half of women in the study would definitely report stalking to the police.
The study, funded by the Northern Rock Foundation, comes at a time when new legislation is being enforced to criminalise stalking as an offence in its own right for the first time.