Yes, excellent observation
I know exactly what you mean.
I'm a 21 year old woman, and my intuition has saved my ass several times.
My first incident was when I was 14, it was around 9pm and was waiting a bus stop to get home 1 mile away.
The area of the bus stop was in a familiar and generally non-dangerous area, but eerily quiet.
A man walked over and stood a few meters away, presumably waiting for the bus also. After 2 minutes he asked me for the time. I gave it to him. A
minute passed by and he was making small talk.
He knew the bus terminated a mile away so was aware of where he and I were heading..
I informed him I was joining my friend on the bus at this stop (I always plant a similar story when alone with a stranger).
He paused for a minute and suggested "Wouldn't it be quicker to walk through the fields, we're both going the same place"
His observation about the fields was correct, however I naturally do not use that route after dark.
Any way my "danger" alarm went off, and I patted my pockets - I informed him I left my purse at my friends, I'd have to go back round the corner to
get it, and I'd promptly return.
I didn't..I went to my friends, informed the police and got safely home.
Turns out he had committed a few sexual assaults in the area - so I'm glad I avoided that one.
There have been other occasions where I have had cars following me (in unsavory area's of my city I only travel to when I have to), and it's only
because I'm observant, I spot them.
Just the other month I was in my local area, which is usually relatively safe, to find my self just avoiding being dragged into a car by some
I've never heard of such antics in the area before.
9pm, bus stop, Asian gets off the bus opposite and presumably walks past me to an unknown destination.
I'm alone at the bus stop for ten minutes, when the Asian appears from no where and pokes his head in the shelter likes it a door.
He looks at me with a stupid grin and says............"Hello"
Now I'm quite a cynical person- I raised an eyebrow and "Hi".
He walked in and we sat in silence for about 3 minutes, then he started asking me random questions about the buses. He asked what buses came here, and
if they all went to town. I answered him in a flat and efficient manner. He looked a bit agitated, like he was trying to think of more random
questions to ask me..then he asked me about a bus that didn't come here...all very odd considering he ended up here.
He was fidgety and nervous..I didn't like it, so I went to leave the stop to continue to a stop up the road, he immediately hopped into the door frame
and asked me if i worked - quite eccentrically.
At that point I physically moved him from the door (he was nerdy and nervous - not scary), and walked hastily past him, I got 6 meters and turned the
corner to be confronted with midnight blue, glittery car, parked right up tight on the verge, with it's nose pressing against the wall I was rounding
- I immediately clocked eyes with the driver - I didn't even break my stride but took a hard left and jogged about 70 meters to the local social club.
After discussing it with a local acquaintance I got on the bus the nearest stop from the club - On my way home, about 2 stops from where the encounter
happened the same man got on the bus, he saw me, ducked his head and went up stairs. I noticed the blue car tailing the bus.
I got off where I had to, just outside a pub, I walked straight over to the pub for shelter to assess if they had gone away. They had. I got home
But to this day, it seems the whole thing is well thought out. A scout on the bus looking for likely targets, that guy had a purpose for talking to
me, and not wanting me to leave, and that car was pulled up with a driver and a passenger ...And they seemed to be utilizing bus passengers...
In this dangerous and perverted environment (that seems to be accelerating) one has no choice but to be vigilant - it could be the difference between
life and death.
The authorities are largely turning a blind eye to it, and yes, a lot of it is culturally biased, but that's another thing the government don't want
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