What to do when possibly followed?
December 6, 2012 2:58 AM Subscribe
What are you supposed to do when you suspect someone's following you home? Scenario: on foot, within 20 feet of the follower, and reaching home in 30 seconds.
posted by plaintiff6r to Human Relations (36 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I think I was nearly followed to my apartment. I had no idea what to do other than run if he picked up his pace. Is there a recommended course of action here? Confront them? Yell? Immediately run? I carry pepper spray, and I've practiced using it, but I wouldn't use it unless it was clear someone intended to harm me. I didn't have time to call someone, and I felt that fumbling with my phone would break my concentration on what he was doing anyway.
To flesh out what happened: I live in a well-to-do, gated apartment complex. Just now, when I was exiting the garbage chute room, I nearly bumped into a man passing by. I greeted him in a cheerful way and apologized while passing him. He said nothing and didn't acknowledge me in any way, but stopped going in the direction he was previously traveling and started trailing me. I shrugged it off, but then turned a corner and he did too. Now, there's only two apartments in the direction I was headed. I know my neighbor, and he's not this man.
A little spooked, I pondered what to do... and realized I have no experiences to compare this to. I didn't want to essentially invite him into my apartment, so I turned around and gave him a "What the fuck?" look. He stopped abruptly, stared for a millisecond, then turned around and left. It's quite possible he only intended to talk to me. If so, he couldn't have gone about it in a creepier way!
Either way, I can't help but feel I could have handled this better.