The best way to handle this is to do a couple things, take some action.
Start by being methodical.
1. Make a list of all the suggestions on this thread in Excel, then sort and rank them;
2. Get ready to get some evidence the next time this happens. You might even go so far as to do a dry run. How long does it take you to get your
camera and get out the door? How far will your camera still resolve a license plate?
3. Get a buddy to simulate this and do a dry run. Have him sit in a car, start to make picture taking movements, time how long it takes you to get
your gear, get out in the street. When he sees you, have him go through the motions of putting down a camera, put the car in gear and start to drive
4. Once you have the results of your dry run, you'll know that you're optimally prepared. This will take some of the edge off your worry. You'll
have -done- somehing about it and in playing the game, you will get a sense of humor about it also.
Assure yourself you're prepared, and go over the list and remind yourself you've done nothing wrong and that it's likely nothing serious.
BTW, forget the idea of doing anything physical, like kicking his car or anything. Getting information is a -far- more effective means of having this
Then having taken these steps, relax, but stay vigilant.
Now the above may seem over the top, but I'm just giving an example of a methodological approach to it which being 'action' will help cut the
rumination and worry.
If it does happen again and you get a photo of his license plate, then you can report it to the cops and ask for some additional patrols in your area
and see if a detective will help you find out who this person is.
If you have photos of the person, the car and the plate, you can do your own search when you're out driving. Again the more specifics the greater the
sense of regaining control.
Also, now that the guy knows you have his info, if his mission is nefarious, he's likely to back off and choose easier prey.
I agree it's likely to be a fairly innocent thing. If you do nothing, but stay moderately vigilant, and keep your camera handy, then you'll be OK
and most of all can stop worrying.
Hope this helps.
[edit on 19-7-2008 by Badge01]