Being stalked by someone makes you extremely vulnerable. In this situation, they’re the hunter and you’re the prey.
Your goal is to get out of this situation as fast as possible.
The techniques you’ll learn from this post will show you how to reliably tell if you’re being followed and what to do about it.
Verify If You’re Really Being Followed Or Not
First, you need to find out if someone really is following you or if it’s just a coincidence. This is an important step because you don’t want to confront an innocent person and embarrass yourself.
There’s two ways to do this, and you can choose whichever one you’re most comfortable with.
Multiple Turns Method
The multiple turns method is where you make several turns and see if you’re still being followed.
For this to be effective, these should be turns that someone wouldn’t usually make or simply aren’t a direct path to anywhere important.
The reason you need to make unusual turns is because if you’re walking to somewhere common, like the bank, there’s a good chance other people are also walking there too, so this won’t give you useful information.
If you’re still being followed after one turn, it’s an accident. If it happens again, it’s a coincidence. But if it happens a third time, you can be fairly confident that you’re being followed.
The multiple turns method lets you track your stalker’s movements without tipping them off that you’re aware of them. The drawback is that you’ll have to make three or four turns to verify if you’re really being stalked or not.
Abrupt Turn Around Method
The abrupt turn around method will give you much faster results, but it’s a more aggressive method that could force your stalker to act.
When you suspect you’re being followed, slow down and look around at street signs, shop signs, and your phone as if you’re confused. Then do a 180-degree turn and walk in the opposite direction.
A 180-degree turn isn’t that common, so if you’re still being followed after doing this, then you can be sure that you’re really being followed.
The only potential problem with this method is you’ll have to walk past the person following you. A sane person won’t attack you in public, but if your stalker is mentally unstable, he might attack you anyway.
The Non-Violent Way to Stop Your Stalker
The safe way to stop someone from following you is to join a larger group of people. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know them; you just need to be where others can see you.
Next, turn around and face your stalker and look him in the eye. This will tell him you know what he’s doing and you aren’t going to be a helpless victim.
Another more overt way to do this is to go to a public place with other people and then turn around and call your stalker out. Make a big scene out of it so it draws lots of attention. This will scare your stalker off.
How to Prevent Stalking Before It Happens
Those who prey on other people are always looking for easy targets. That means the best way to prevent people from following you is to not look like an easy target.
The fastest way to do this is to fix your posture. Standing upright with your shoulders back gives you a more confident appearance.
Compare someone with good posture to someone hunched over with slouching shoulders and it’s obvious who the easier target is.
Another way to prevent people from following you is to not get stuck in the same routine every day. Change your routine so you take different routes. That way it’ll be harder for potential stalkers to follow you.
Have you ever been followed before? And if so, what did you do about it? Share your story in the comments section below!