How to Lose a Stalker
Many of us will experience being followed at some point in our lives. You don’t have to be a government operative to need to know how to lose a tail. The truth is, law enforcement tail people on a daily basis. Or perhaps you’ve got a jealous spouse who’s hired a private investigator to follow you (it happens a lot more than you think.)
How to Lose a Stalker
Or, what about the psychopath that you accidentally cut off in traffic and he’s now following you home to give you a piece of his mind and maybe something much worse. The good news is, losing a tail is much easier than people think and you don’t need the driving skills of James Bond to do it.
However, in order to lose a tail you obviously need to be able to identify if someone is tailing you in the first place. Otherwise, one day, you may end up in your driveway as another car pulls in behind you, blocks you in and out jumps a madman with a baseball bat screaming about how you cut him off on the highway 20 miles ago.
So, how do you know if you’re being followed?
One of the simplest ways to identify a tail is to change your speed if you’re on the highway. Let’s say you’re going 75mph on the highway and you think that the red Toyota truck a few cars back might be following you.
All you have to do is drop your speed from 75mph to 60mph. Obviously, when you do this all of the cars around you should soon go right past you. If the red Toyota is still behind you and has dropped his speed to match yours then you know you’re being followed.
But what if you’re not on a highway?
Another way to identify a tail is by running a surveillance detection route. This could be as simple as driving around the block to see if you’re still being followed. Or, it could be as complicated as driving to one location (Starbucks) then to another location (Walmart) and then another location (the gas station.) If you see the same car at Starbucks, then Walmart, and then the gas station then you know you’re being followed.
Once you’re certain that you’re being followed there are a few options you have. You’ll choose which option to use on a case by case basis.
Let’s start with the most extreme option first and one you would only do if you were in a foreign country working for government agencies that don’t exist and you had no choice.
In short, I’m talking about losing your tail by “eliminating” the tail. For instance, let’s say you knew you were being followed and you had to get to an important meeting that nobody could know about.
You could drive into a parking garage and quickly exit your vehicle and wait for the car tailing you to come in and then you could “get rid of them.” As you can see, this is the Hollywood solution and not something you or I would (hopefully) ever do.
Let’s move onto more practical solutions that you and I might have to use one day to get rid of a tail.
1. Let the tail know that you’re onto them – You’ll want to turn around and make eye contact with the driver, pretend you’re writing down their license plate number (really write it down if you can), and show them you’re dialing your cell phone.
If your spouse has hired a PI, the PI obviously doesn’t want to get caught and may stop following you as soon as he knows you’ve caught him. If the person following you is a criminal who’s trying to follow you home for a home invasion, they’ll likely drive away as soon as they know you’ve “made” them.
Letting the person know you see them is contrary to what a lot of folks have been taught. But remember, if the person is trying to be secretive and you “blow their cover” they’ll often stop following you.
2. Shoot the Gap – When you were a teenager, there’s a good chance you “shot the gap” trying to impress your friends (or a girl) and not while trying to lose a tail.
But, in case you don’t know, here’s how shooting the gap works: you’re the first car in line sitting in traffic and getting ready to take a left hand turn. The light turns green, but you do not get a green arrow, which normally means you would have to yield to the other cars before making your left hand turn.
However, as soon as the light turns green you “shoot the gap” and take your left hand turn before the other cars get moving and now you don’t have to wait for the break in cars to take your left hand turn. This is an excellent (but riskier) way to lose a tail because by the time the tail reaches the intersection there isn’t an opening for them to cross the intersection any longer.
3. Use semi-trucks to your advantage – If you’re on the highway there’s likely numerous big rigs. Wait for the right moment and you can weave in and out of the big rigs not leaving any space for your tail to follow. Once you’re free you could get off at the next exit (as long as your tail can’t see you do this.)
4. Call the police – If you’re truly afraid and you know you’re being followed, don’t try and be a hero. Call the police and give them your location and keep driving along the same highway or road until the police arrive. As soon as your tail sees the police car there’s a very good chance they’ll stop following you to instead worry about the new set of problems they have.
5. Stay on the main roads – If you’re being followed don’t drive to less populated areas. If your car breaks down or something happens you don’t want to be in the middle of nowhere. Stay on the busy main roads where there are plenty of people around so that if something does happen to your car and the tail is out to get you they might think twice because of all the witnesses.
6. Keep calm and keep your wheels moving – Unless the car tailing you is shooting at you, remember to stay calm. As long as your car is moving you’re safe. If the person tailing you wants to kidnap you they’re not going to do it while driving 70mph down the highway, they’re going to do it when you come to a stoplight or stop sign. So, if possible, remember to be moving at all times and never let your car come to a stop if you can. (This is why “Shooting the Gap”, which I mentioned above is risky because your car will be stopped. You would only shoot the gap if you thought it was a PI or someone else following you who wasn’t looking to kidnap you or physically harm you.)
Hopefully, you never find yourself being tailed. But if you do, keep your wits and remember the advice above and you shouldn’t have a problem getting rid of the person following you.
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October 2, 2014 at 7:54 AM
Another tip: pretty girl I once knew was certain she was being followed by a guy who perhaps wanted to know where she lived. She drove directly to a police station and went inside. As she turned in, he drove on.
Also keep in mind that an extremely professional tail will be easy to drop. Turn right, and they’ll go on. But that’s because there may be a dozen are more cars set up to follow you, with inactive ones leapfrogging ahead. When you turn right, a parked car on that street will pull out and follow.
And yes, that’s so expensive to do, only a government is likely to manage it. And it’s also true that almost anyone can buy specialized GPS/cellular gear that can be placed under a car and track them quite cheaply. It can’t tell what you doing, i.e. going into a Home Depot, or follow you inside. But it can locate you.
There’s been a fuss in the courts over whether a court order is needed for GPS tracking. Is it like a cop following someone, which doesn’t need a court order? Or is it like a wiretap, which does? I tilt heavily toward the latter, mostly because, unlike trailing someone, a GPS tracker is so cheap, it’s easy to abuse. A police department isn’t likely to put a 24×7 tail on many people just because it costs so much. It could easily put GPS trackers on dozens of people. One bored cop at a desk could follow all of them.
Drones are now getting similar attention. They’re certainly easier that a tail, much less putting a noisy police helicopter overhead. But each is going to require someone at the controls and what they see is what’s happening in the outdoors anyway.
The real fuss is likely between those who’d like to see our drug laws gutted, and hence don’t want them to work, and those who think drones are a good way to spot crimes of all sorts in poor neighborhoods (i.e. spotting and following a young male who then mugs someone) to make them less hell-holes. A silent drone overhead is likely to be more effective against the sort of petty criminals who wait for a patrol car to move on before striking.
And do NOT think that everyone wants a police effective enough to cut crime in poor neighborhoods. More than a few liberals regard the criminals in a poor, minority neighborhood as “victims” of police racism, ignoring the far larger number of minority people in that neighborhood who’re genuine victims. Indeed, if you follow what the press obsesses over, it’s clear that the only minority members they care about are the petty thugs. We’ve heard infinitely more about the almost 300-pound thug shot in Ferguson than we have about the little store keeper he’d just robbed and bullied. The reason is quite simple. The press doesn’t care about ordinary, law-abiding people. It has a near worshipful attitude toward the thug as being more authentic than their almost invisible victims. It’s also why, when a petty criminal gets shot robbing a convenience story, the press often become furious at the shop-keeper but rarely shows any anger at dozens of store robberies.
But that’s straying from shaking a tail. Just keep in mind that sometimes a tail is a good thing. Cops that circle the block, continually checking out gang members on a street corner, are doing good work and perhaps preventing crime.
October 2, 2014 at 12:50 PM
On GPS, car loans companies are now putting GPS trackers on vehicles in order to track the vehicle’s location, where if the borrower don’t pay on the loan the car’s creditor will use the GPS information and give it to the Repo man to go and repo the car.
October 2, 2014 at 9:25 PM
Go online and google “cell phone blockers” several links come up. One link sells a cheap “relativily” GPS blocker. It has about a 12 or 15 foot radius of coverage. No GPS in the radius will recieve a signal. Pro drivers and salesmen use them a lot. So they don’t have to answer akward questions. They plug into a standard cigarette lighter and run on 12 volts DC. Under $50.00 dollars.
October 5, 2014 at 3:37 PM
Keep in mind that jamming GPS signals is a federal offense. A trucker was recently convicted of doing just what you describe. On the other hand explaining it to a judge might be preferable over being placed in the ground by 6 close friends.
October 2, 2014 at 8:00 PM
The writing down the license plate number trick doesn’t work in TN. We only have plates on the back. Though alerting them that you are aware might me working.
October 3, 2014 at 2:46 PM
I have done this many times. Waiting for the chance to get ahead, then fall behind & turn around & eye the person you feel is following you. I only do this when I am sure that I am being followed. Being that I am from Chicago, & was working for Illinois County Detective Agency for 10 years, taught me more then I would have known if I were just a ordinary citizen. Since I was raped 3 times, all separate occasions, I am always on the look out for the person who is not ordinary. Writing down plates, or in fact calling 911 or pretending to call 911 I have done lots of times, & believe me it works! So it is better to be safe & secure then sorry & beat up which also occurred to me a few times. Rough times, & bad neighborhoods in Chicago gave me a lot of street smarts. But then I also took Judo & Karate. You have to do what you feel is right. It is your right to be safe on the road, & not be a statistic in the newspaper the next day!
October 3, 2014 at 9:16 AM
Having operated as a surveillance investigator for over a decade and been trained in counter surveillance and surveillance for years (insurance fraud) as well as “stalking” people everyday, this article is total bullshit. Sorry author. Drive slow, under the speed limit, extremely slow. It is harder to follow a subject driving slow than fast, believe it or not. Call 911 and wait for them to show up. If you slow the follower it will make it a piece of cake for the coppers. Don’t be dramatic, just slow it down, lock your doors and be patient. -Knuckles
October 3, 2014 at 10:11 AM
Another tactic is to drive in to a parking lot or garaged area but not park and drive out. If they do they same, they are probably following you.
You can also drive to a bank and go in. If they are still waiting when you leave, they are probably following you.
October 3, 2014 at 10:25 AM
You could also point your cell phone at them and use the flash to let them know you have photographed them. Send the photos to your spouse or a friend so the Police have an ID on the perpetrator in case something did happen to you. Most likely the person will leave you alone if they know the have been photographed.
October 3, 2014 at 1:26 PM
You could also point your weapon at them, and if need be, the “flash” will cause then to cease and desist (and maybe quit breathing).
October 4, 2014 at 3:16 PM
Wow – More than extreme! I would NOT fire a weapon at ANYONE unless I was pretty well convinced that they were out to do me harm. This is a very paranoid comment, unless you really are a ‘Banger’ or Mafia…
October 5, 2014 at 8:50 AM
If you wanna go to prison for murder….
October 5, 2014 at 11:06 PM
“Brandishing” a firearm in most areas will make you the aggressor and very likely to be reported to the police who will at best be interested in talking to you for a long time. At worst you loose your weapon and the right to carry one in the future. Police at all levels take a very dim view of people showing off their hardware.
October 12, 2014 at 6:43 PM
I’m sure the comment was made in jest. No one should pull out a gun and fire unless they truly feel threatened, however, once that line is crossed then if you live in an open carry state, or have a CCP, then by all means use your right to defend yourself! I would rather be the one explaining myself to the police and going home that day than going to the morgue.
December 5, 2017 at 7:42 AM
October 3, 2014 at 10:30 AM
If you can pick up your phone to show the tail you’re making a call, you can also get a photo of the person AND maybe of the license plate too.
A ‘pro’ tail will likely just use another car tomorrow and pick you up near where you ID him today. Pros have resources. So watch your behind for several days after the first time. You might ‘make’ and scare off an ‘opportunity’ criminal, a honked-off driver, or your spouse’s PI, but on a permanent basis – not a LEO, not a government goon, not a dedicated stalker, and more than likely not the PI either.
October 3, 2014 at 10:42 AM
One of the most obvious solutions is to drive to the nearest police station. If you have a GPS it will tell you where it is if you are in an unfamiliar area.
October 3, 2014 at 11:31 AM
The first thing I would do is immediately drive to the nearest police station and pull into their lot. The “tail” will disapear. If necessary, you can make a report while there.
October 3, 2014 at 11:44 AM
Thanks again for the practical info you provide WITHOUT sending me to some video that wants me to buy something through “scare tactics”, rather than providing useful info up front! GOD bless and keep up the good work.
October 3, 2014 at 12:08 PM
I say don’t DRIVE HOME if you think your tailed. Drive to a strange house and stay in the driveway calling the police
October 5, 2014 at 9:41 AM
glenp, with personal safety comes personal responsibility. Driving to a “strange” house and staying in their driveway makes it look like YOU live there. If the person tailing you is a nut, He may remember this “Strange” house you stopped at and return, to do harm to the innocent family or property of the said owner.
October 10, 2014 at 8:08 PM
I wouldn’t do that, either. I know of a young lady in Phoenix who was out with a few friends in her car when an SUV full of what looked like illegal alien gangbangers pulled up alongside them and started throwing beer bottles at their car. They pulled off the freeway and went into a residential neighborhood with the SUV following them. This girl’s mom always told her that if someone was following her, she should pull into someone’s driveway, and that’s what she did. The SUV blocked them in, the armed occupants got out and started firing into her car. She was killed along with two of her friends. Only one lived. By the time the police could identify any suspects, they had already escaped back to Mexico.
October 3, 2014 at 12:19 PM
Normal tendency is to make right hand turns. Break it up and make left hand turns to loose your tail.
October 3, 2014 at 12:44 PM
Fortunately I drive what my dad likes to call a tank, because of the heavily armored front and back bumpers that are attached to the one ton pickup, and thanks to the second amendment and my license, I never leave the house unarmed.
October 3, 2014 at 1:17 PM
I was tailed once by baddies with attitude. But I can also have attitude. Husband grabbed window scraper tool to beat them off. Dumb. The silly thing is too flimsy to do much damage. I much prefer baseball bat or hardwood cane. But nether were available so I headed straight for police station parking lot. Baddies shied off and went away. I didn’t even have to go into station. It’s always good to know location of police stations.
Also, when feeling threatened, flashing headlights at passing police car will get welcome attention. Police are our friends. They want to help. I live next door to retired deputy sheriff. Cool. I used to live in neighbor full of police officers. Crime was almost null.
As to feeling threatened by ex-husband, been there, done that, got the t-shirt. He was a military sharpshooter so I secured all windows with blackout curtains for my safety.
And you don’t mention abusive parents who stalk you and view you as property. I had mother-person waiting on street to stalk me. In between ex-husband and mother person, it got a bit crazy for me so I had two sets of doorknobs so I could swap them out to feel safe. It only takes a few minutes to swap out doorknobs and doesn’t cost much to take doorknob to hardware store and have it re-keyed.
October 5, 2014 at 8:54 AM
Sounds like you need to move…
October 3, 2014 at 1:23 PM
I drive a 1995 F-250 4×4 diesel, and I also carry weapons. I know how to spot a tail (most of the time). I hope the person meaning me or mine harm is in good with the Good Lord, because they are taking a risk they may not be aware of. I’ll take my chances with 12, instead of being carried, or watching my loved ones being carried, by 6.
Steve R. Mattick, iii
October 3, 2014 at 1:33 PM
I was driving to San Antonio from Houston one time and, I guess I angered another driver. He was following me and seem mad for some reason. I had just left Katy when I thought, I have a c.b. radio and let me see if I can get some help. So, I got on the c.b. and asked if any truckers were West bound on I.H. 10 and if could get some help from them. I told them the situation and the mile marker, and like magic, those “good buddies” enveloped the would be follower and I exited off the interstate and waited for a minute or two and then got back on. They might have escorted the follower to the state line for all I know. I hope he had enough gas for that one. But, I thank those fine truck drivers that came to my aid and they are a great great group of guys. It is a tight knit family and they do look after their own and others that nee their help.
October 3, 2014 at 1:41 PM
As a teenager, I was followed by a car (with two older mean looking men) that when I came to a stop sign came up to window and pounding on my window demanding that pay for his windshield. Apparently, some loose gravel from my car hit his windshield and cracked it. I knew I wasn’t responsible but he demanded payment and said he would follow me until I ran out of gas. (This is when “who has more gas in their tank!”) So as I approached the street where I lived, did not turn and I kept driving. I started driving real slow and he got next to me and he was driving real slow too. Meanwhile traffic was starting back up behind us big time! I went under this over pass of this highway and just at the last second, I cut hard right and shot up the on-ramp to the highway. As I drove over and looked down, he still waiting to get on that ramp but was still stuck in that backed up traffic I created! Lost him. End of story.
This would only work if tail was next to you on a 4 lane road.
October 3, 2014 at 1:50 PM
Thank you for reaching out I’m in my 60 ‘ s and have seen what’s coming only this is worse it’s on our soil I have been training a long time but no one teaches what you touch on thank you
October 3, 2014 at 2:07 PM
I like the information but I was hoping you would also have covered, at least a little, about a person walking who is by themselves. I am more likely to have this problem as I walk my neighborhood at various times, except after dark, by myself.
October 3, 2014 at 2:31 PM
Nicely written little article. You don’t mention that “Shooting the gap” is frowned upon in some areas and a ticketable offense in others. I do it all the time here in Massachusetts. Don’t think it’s illegal here. I just get better position in traffic. Yes, I know I’ve been followed on a few occasions and may have a slight touch of paranoia, but I like to call it “Heightened awareness”. Al
October 3, 2014 at 3:10 PM
Didn’t you leave out one of the most important defenses: Never let your car’s fuel tank be below 1/4 tank. Keep it filled. So if you have to run or keep going, you’ll not exhaust your fuel supply.
October 3, 2014 at 3:40 PM
Two more suggestions, depending on circumstance, include timing the light to go through the last of a yellow. If followed by a car 50 feet back, you’re almost certainly being followed. If it is late at night (or earlier if traffic is very light), you are in a metropolitan area, you are certain you are being followed, you don’t know where to find a policeman or a police station and you are really scared (particularly if you are a lady), you might consider running one or more red lights on purpose. You would be surprised how often this can attract a policeman. (I was explaining this technique to a girlfriend one night in Phoenix, and by coincidence we saw a car run a red about two miles ahead of us, followed quickly by new headlights coming on and a hidden highway patrol car 2 or three blocks farther away coming to investigate.) If a policeman sees two cars run a red he is likely to believe the front car was being chased by the second, and there is a good chance he won’t then want to issue a ticket to you. On the other hand, a traffic fine is better than physical injury, but be careful that you don’t cause an accident running the red.
October 3, 2014 at 4:33 PM
I really love so many of the things you have talked about and how to keep yourself and your family safe. And, while I do understand that it does cost to print out many of these things and to maintain your stock of items, it simply is NOT affordable to everybody. I am a senior citizen living only on social security. and I can’t afford most of it. Is there any affordable options for somebody like me?
October 4, 2014 at 9:04 AM
bev dont panic there are many local places in your area that have supplies that are very affordable. it may mean a little more work on your part but they are there. feed stores have rolled oats, corn, wheat, other whole grains, and some medications. try a 50lb bag of rolled oats for $10-15. you will have to get the chaff out but sure beats what you would pay for 50lbs in a supermarket. just think in different ways there are cheaper ways of doing things. might just mean a little more work on our part.
October 3, 2014 at 4:52 PM
Funny you should post this now, a few weeks ago this very thing happened to me I was driving down a pretty rural country road when some nut came speeding up behind me and started rocking his car and acting very aggressive. I slowed a bit in a passing area so he could go around me but he didn’t. I went a ways more and pulled over in a gravel road and stopped, he pulled right in behind me and the around front of me making a real mean looking face at me and then took off. Lesson learned, I’ll never stop again, he had me blocked in front I could not have driven away if he’d gotten out of the car.
October 3, 2014 at 8:24 PM
Or you can just have your weapon ready and confront the scum bag. They will be so shocked by that response that they will bolt!
October 3, 2014 at 8:58 PM
Good suggestions, enough scenarios to fit about every situation.
October 4, 2014 at 9:28 AM
Thanks for all of the good information on how to protect yourself in the event of someone tailgating/following you and when some immediate action is needed. Simple advice is often more effective because it’s easier to remember when we panic.
October 4, 2014 at 9:43 AM
What about when you have an aggressive braker? I had my wife and toddler daughter in the car with me one afternoon, and I merged over to the right lane as some a-hole was blowing up the road about about 80+ mph to close the gap (he was literally a mile away from us when I was merging). Well, I guess it pissed him off that I got into the lane first, so he ripped around us and forced himself in front of me, then for about 3 miles, he kept jamming on his brakes every 100 feet or so. It wasn’t his pedal brake either…he must’ve been pulling his parking brake, because his brake lights were not going on. I was able to see into his car, and he was like a raving lunatic…screaming at me into his rear view, punching his dashboard and pointing, took his hat of and hit his dashboard with it furiously until he threw it down onto the floor of his car.
Any time I tried to change lanes he would cut in front of me. It’s not until I had an escape route at a light with a right turn that I was able to get us away from the lunatic, when we were all stopped and he was in the middle of raging at me in his rearview, I darted over to the right hand turn lane. I looked in my rearview and he did try to follow, but other cars were coming up quickly and he wasn’t able to do it.
It’s a dangerous situation when that happens – he’s purposely trying to get me to hit him, and likely will try to engage me in a fight after that happens. I have no idea if he has a gun or knife, so as much as my blood was boiling for revenge over the danger he put my family into, I chose not to rise to the challenge and decided to escape instead.
I now carry both a gun (thanks Texas!) and taser in my car at all times. Gun would be for an extreme situation, taser would be for any situation that involves a road rage fight. I’m originally from New York where every driver could easily get locked up in prison for attempted murder based on their driving behavior on a daily basis, but in Texas, sheer stupidity dominates the road, and as unbelievably dangerous as New York drivers are, if you get an insane Texas driver, you may literally be making split second decisions with your life, and the lives of your family, hanging in the balance.
October 5, 2014 at 8:15 AM
Great article, but what would a person do in the situation where you driving in a a suburb with a lot of traffic lights and stop signs but there isn’t a lot of traffic. Now you have established that there is a person following you and you fear that they are waiting for you to stop long enough at a traffic light so they can get out and attack you. Now you coming towards a red traffic light and have to stop but obbviously you can’t run a red light as it is dangerous and the other car is right behind you, what do you do in that situation?
This is mainly for women driving alone at night and fear that the person following them is a criminal and ging kidnap or harm them.
October 5, 2014 at 9:11 AM
This is a very informative block of instruction,and does work most of the time except for extreme cases.such as a possible hired hit. I have trained and been trained in several fields as well. This no dought has come from someone in the know. People listen up this man has given you invaluable information. There is lots more to be learned,but you have enough information right here to get you out of 90% of any mayhem that might find its way to you. A tip of the hat to you sir.
October 5, 2014 at 9:47 AM
Some folks are just long winded and incorrect.
October 5, 2014 at 10:32 AM
Thanks Jason. Your article brought back a fun memory. Many years ago, long before GPS, cell phones and too young to CC, I made a quick right turn, accidentally cutting off a parked motorist trying to enter traffic. He proceeded to follow me, honking his horn and flashing his lights, obviously more than a little upset. He passed me and slammed on his brakes hoping to mess up my life. At a traffic light he sat through the green but proceeded on yellow to make me wait for the next cycle. To my relief he had turned off at the first intersection, obviously in unfamiliar territory and unaware some road construction. I was unprepared for what I beheld. Full of anger he had run up on top of a sand pile WITH ALL 4 WHEELS SUSPENDED IN MID AIR. Needless to say, I still chuckle thinking about that dark night. True story.
October 5, 2014 at 12:09 PM
Another idea is to “call ahead” to a fellow patriot. In on instance, I got rid of a tail by calling a friend saying that I would be pulling in to his driveway with instructions for him to meet me in the driveway with an assault rifle. As I arrived and pulled in, the tail realized what they were up against and vanished. Strength in numbers.
Betty L Bassler
October 5, 2014 at 12:26 PM
There is supposed to be a number you can dial for the police which will signify whether there is a policeman in the area.It was a simple number like 22. It got taken off of my phone by the JidderBug company which, makes my phone. They took it off by mistake and I can’t remember what the number is. It is especially good for women out on the road at night. This call will put polioce in the area you are traveling right away and if they are conterfit pull them over. Could be a matter of life and death. Please print it and send a CC to email@example.com. Thank you
October 5, 2014 at 12:28 PM
More than 40 years ago(before today’s technology), I was stalked and harassed and learned very quickly how to protect myself. First, someone ALWAYS knows where I am, my ETA and the route(s)I take. I ALWAYS keep my gas tank no lower than 3/4 full and keep my doors locked. I also keep my car maintained (tire pressure. etc.) and keep a billy club under the seat – just in case. I always know where the police dept. is in every town I routinely visit – and have pulled into their lot more than once (stalkers vanish). Now I always wear a voice-activated BlueTooth so I can fully concentrate on driving safely and can call the police easily if necessary. I will snap a photo of the car/plate if I can. One late night I was being pursued in a fairly remote area (no cellphones back then). I stopped short, looked behind me and blasted my assailant straight in the face with my Q Beam. Suffice it to say, he was still there, “blinded by the light” as I shot out of there and got safely home and into the garage without further harassment.
October 5, 2014 at 11:18 PM
Taking a picture is a good but I would roll window down. The IR autofocus will fix on the your vehicle’s window leaving the bad guys out of focus. Also if you use the flash with the window up it will just turn into a big mirror and all you’ll get is a picture of yourself.
This is all assuming, of course, that you don’t crash while you try to keep an eye on the bad guys, take a picture and drive in traffic at the same time
October 7, 2014 at 10:13 AM
How do you get the Survival Posts to print completely. All that shows up on my printer is the first page. When ever you have those I like to print and save them to a binder so I can take them out and look them over from time to time. I also like to have them for my wife to look at every now and then so she remembers them. You never know when you might have a situation where one of them might come in handy. I am talking about the small articles like how to get out if your car is underwater or how to get away if your being followed.
October 8, 2014 at 12:09 PM
The assumption that “police are our friends” is not always correct.
What if the psychopath stalker IS a police officer? I’ve had one repeatedly follow me for blocks, only to light me up and pull me over for things that were not illegal at all. The tickets were all dropped, but he succeeded in the harrasment
October 11, 2014 at 8:29 AM
I didn’t read all of the comments, so I don’t know it this was touched on. My wife made it quite clear that she would not sit alone at a red light at night, but would “safely” run the light. Can’t blame her, why be a target? She was an insurance adjuster who worked long hours. Mostly in rural Indiana, but on occasion in the Chicagoland area. I don’t know which area was the larger threat!
October 13, 2014 at 9:43 AM
Love your articles. I grew up and worked with a few that think like you.
October 17, 2014 at 5:59 PM
A long time ago, in the last century when I was in my 20’s, I evaded a follower by making a sudden right turn from the left lane, then at maximum possible speed another immediate right turn and on around the block.
The car following me was black and white and had red lights on top. I’m sure that what ever he wanted to do for me was for my own good.
June 4, 2015 at 7:02 AM
Good tip and it works. Years ago i found out that i was being followed for days. They were planning a carjacking as the same car was reported at the scene of another carjacking very close to home. I started noticing the same car over and over driving in front of my house a minute after i parked, i was lucky they didn’t strike at the first or second time then i noticed the pattern so i was expecting them to appear again.
and what i did was i got ahead and made a loop in the next street so when they came i was just behind them close enough to let them see me and far enough to flee in time if they decided to get me. When i ended behind them y stopped the car in the middle of the street and started falshing the lights toward them to let them know i was on to them and they fled and they never returned. They knew they were targeted back.
May 30, 2018 at 12:28 PM
Take a hard left and immediately pull into the kerb. Any following car will come round the corner and go straight past you before they can react as they’ll be focused on the road ahead to find you again. As soon as they pass you, do a u-turn and take off in the opposite direction. If they also turn you can be sure they’re following you and don’t care if you know it. In that case make for police station, fire station, hospital, etc and get indoors fast. When they come around the corner be ready to slam into reverse in case they have really fast reaction and pull in front of you.
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