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Teenage girl 'followed' in Newquay

Teenage girl 'followed' in Newquay

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 3:51pm 2nd October 2018.

A mum has put out a warning on Facebook after her teenage daughter was reportedly followed.

Sam says her 13-year-old daughter and her friend were followed through the tram lines and into the cinema.

She says it happened last Monday evening and posted a warning to the Newer Newquay page on Facebook.

The post has already had almost 300 shares and police say they are aware of a number of reports.

Sam's post reads: "Last night about 6pm my 13 year old daughter & her friend were followed all the way through the tram lines to the cinema.

"He then followed them into the cinema where he started to ask them if they wanted to get to know him and telling them how attractive they are.

"Obviously they both said no and the man left.

"Another friend of theirs met them in the cinema and said the same thing had just happened to her on her way in."

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"Police in Newquay are aware of a number of reports of a man following teenage girls in the town.

"Local enquiries are being carried out and the Neighbourhood team have been made aware."

Devon and Cornwall Police

What should I do if I think I'm being followed?

Keep Calm

If you see a potential stalker in the rearview mirror, don’t slam on the gas to rush away from them as a knee-jerk reaction. On the contrary, it’s better to slow down because it gives you time to think things through. Personal security expert Robert Siciliano suggests driving to a police station or other authority office if you suspect someone is following your car. If you’re on foot, stop to look at a store window or tie your shoes, all while staying aware of your surroundings. Use that time to gather your thoughts, do a little deep breathing, and take stock of what’s happening around you.

Pay Attention

We do a lot of things on auto-pilot. How many times have you driven home only to pull into your driveway and realise you don’t recall the last three turns you made? If you think someone’s stalking you, make it a point to be extra observant.

This is doubly true if you feel like it’s an ongoing issue. Don’t play on your phone while taking a stroll or zone out behind the wheel. Instead, keep an eye out for things that are out of place. Make note of pedestrians you pass, especially if someone pops up repeatedly. Look for cars making all the same turns you’re making.

Mix Things Up

People make wrong turns all the time, but it’s rare for two people to make the same wrong turn at the same time. If you sense someone’s following you, try a short detour. Turn away from your destination, and then double back. This works as well on foot as it does in the car. If a potential stalker mimics your maneuver, your suspicions may be warranted. If this happens, head to a public place or police station.

Go Where the People Are

Instead of walking home, go into a busy coffee shop. If you’re in your car, drive to a full parking lot, like one at a mall or large shopping center, and go shopping. Crowds can help deter stalkers from continuing to follow you or approaching you, as there are too many witnesses around. If you return to your car, make sure you aren’t walking alone. Speak with a security guard and ask them to walk you to your car. Be sure to check inside and under the car before you get in and always keep your doors locked.

Break Out Your Phone

There are several apps build specifically for personal safety, like bSafe or Canopy. Both offer a host of personal safety features and are available for Android and iOS. You can alert authorities with these apps if you’re in trouble, so they’re great tools to have on your phone.

Kitestring is another excellent mobile tool. Kitestring is an SMS-based service that gives you a simple way to set up automated check-ins, alerting a friend if you don’t respond. As there’s no app to download, it works with any SMS-enabled mobile phone.

Even if you don’t have access to a personal safety service, you can still use your phone. Call a friend or family member, tell them where you are, and stay on the phone with them until you feel comfortable.

Call the Police

If you feel you are in immediate danger, don’t hesitate to contact the police. Calling 999 or the non-emergency police 101 line are always options, as it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Whether you’re walking or driving and feel you’re being followed, it’s important to stay safe. Keep these tips in mind and use them to help you protect yourself from any stalkers.

Source: Safewise

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