Neighbor feels threatened, asked for help
November 12, 2012 8:56 AM Subscribe
My upstairs neighbor stopped me on the street today to describe a man that she thinks is following her. She said that at various places she's been going with her son, she's seen him parked watching her. She sounded very worried. What can I do to help?
posted by Sreiny to Human Relations (7 answers total)
The family is from Mexico, they speak broken English, and I'm not sure what their status is (I only mention this because I am admittedly ignorant of how that affects going to the authorities in these situations—if they aren't here legally. It doesn't matter to me, I just want them to feel safe in their neighborhood.). The couple has a 4 year old boy.
She described the man as sketchy looking (my words), in a white van that has been a various locations throughout the neighborhood watching her as she took her son places.
I didn't really know what to say. I advised her to inform our landlords, who live downstairs, asked her if she had a phone (which she did) and advised her to call 911 if she felt threatened. I also let her know that I'd keep an eye out. She seemed fine to go inside the house at that, so I parted ways.
Is there anything else that I can do? What more can she do in this situation? We're in Chicago if that helps. Thanks.