Stalking is defined in Penal Code Section 646.9 as “any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or willfully and maliciously harasses another person and who makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for his or her safety, or the safety of his or her immediate family . . ..” Contrary to a common belief of what constitutes stalking, repeatedly following, phone calls, unwanted gifts, flowers, etc., may not legally constitute stalking. There must be a “credible threat” present, something which demonstrates the stalker’s danger toward the victim. This may come in the form of threats, actual violence, or behavior that implies a threat. It is not necessary that the stalker intend to actually carry out the credible threat, just that it place the intended target in fear for his or her safety.