Lose a Tail

As I’ve mentioned a time or two, my day job is working as a private investigator. I’ve been working in this field for close to twenty years now. While I don’t know all there is to know about surveillance and such, I’ve learned a few things over the years.

Today, we’ll talk about how to lose someone who is tailing you in a vehicle. Why in the world would someone need to know that, outside of a movie or thriller novel? Well, one ploy criminals use, particularly this time of year, is to watch for a car all loaded up with gifts and follow it home. They then know a great house to hit with burglary later. Some sex assaults happen this way as well.

If you think you’re being followed, make four consecutive left turns. While there’s a chance someone might legitimately make a couple of those turns with you, the odds are about nil that someone who isn’t deliberately following you would make all four of those turns.

You can also speed up, slow down, and change lanes at irregular intervals. Do not do anything that is dangerous or hazardous to other drivers though. There’s no sense in putting innocent folks at risk. Just keep an eye on the vehicle you think is following you and see if they mirror your movements here and there.

If you still feel you are being followed, drive directly to the closest police department. Do NOT go home or to your workplace. If they don’t already know those locations, you don’t want to clue them in. If you have a cell phone, call the police and explain the situation. Try to stay in well populated areas, rather than heading off into the boonies.

Remember, it is better to feel a moment of embarrassment if you’re wrong rather than lose your stuff or your life because you didn’t want to look stupid.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for SurvivalWeekly.com. He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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