What To Do If Someone Is Following You In A Car

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It’s an alarming and chilling realization that someone might be following you, and there are precautions you should take to make sure that you stay safe. 

Here is what you should do if you think that someone is following you in a car:

(UPDATED)

 
It doesn’t take much effort to make sure that you’re not being followed.

   

Consider any of the following suggestions, as well as the many helpful comments below.

 
Since most criminals are amateurs, simply drive around the block if you think you’re ever being followed.

Drive a complicated route, or take a few corners to make sure you’re not just imagining that someone is following you.

Don’t panic and don’t drive reckless.

Calm yourself so that you can think clearly. Get your mind on looking around you to see if there is some place safe you can go.

NEVER stop and get out of your car when someone is following you.

NEVER go straight home. You do not want the ‘nut job’ to know where you live.

Be sure that all of your doors are locked. Someone can gain access to a car that’s stopped at a red light or stop sign in a few seconds.

Be sure that your windows are rolled up.

Stay on well traveled roads, if at all possible. People looking to hurt people in their cars are looking for people who are the most vulnerable.

NEVER stop to let a car that’s following you pass. Pull over to another lane to let someone pass.

If you are convinced you’re being followed, dial 911. They will direct you to the nearest police station.

Drive to a police station. The guy behind you is not likely to stop there. If he or she does, don’t get out of your car until there are policemen outside your door to escort you.

Another choice is to go to a fire station, hospital, or keep driving until you come to a place well lit and populated. Never get out of your car unless you know that you are safe.

If someone is following you, don’t go anywhere where there are not a lot of people.

Don’t assume things are safe because they look that way.

Don’t assume someone is safe because they’re well dressed, female, young or old or because there’s a child in the car. Criminals often go way out of their way to appear as ordinary and trustworthy as possible.

Many, many crime victims thought someone was safe because of the way they looked or because someone was with them. Crooks even use young kids to do their dirty work. Home invaders are famous for this one – using a child to knock on a door selling something so they can get you to open up and then rush you. Don’t assume anything.

If someone is following you assume that it’s dangerous and err on the side of caution.

 
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