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Score it "situational awareness 1, bad guys 0".

I was taking the dog for her morning walk. I typically walk down a busy road to a county park about 3/4 of a mile away. We walk down a deserted road and take the back entrance into the park, then loop around and come home.

This morning I noticed a vehicle driving towards me on the busy road, at roughly 2x the speed limit. The driver was hauling a**. I didn't think anything of it, until Zoey and I turn down the deserted road that leads into the county park. Guess who turns in behind me? Mr. Suspicious Vehicle.

The car drives by me SLOWLY, doing an assessment. The window isn't open much, and I see that the driver is a white male, early 20s, wearing a hoodie (up, of course). As he drives by me I notice that the rear liftgate lock was punched - possibly indicating a stolen vehicle. He proceeds to drive to the end of the road, turn around and park.

Now I have two options: I can assume I'm being paranoid and head towards the back gate as usual, or I can assume the guy is up to no good and turn around. It didn't FEEL right, so I opted to turn around and head back to the busy road. Sure enough, before I got there the guy drove past again, giving me the stink eye, before he stood on the gas and accelerated into traffic.

Of course I got the plate and a description of the vehicle. Of course I phoned it in to the police non-emergency number.

So, was I paranoid or did I exhibit cautious, good judgement? Your call.

PS - At the time I was armed with a 9mm Glock 26, loaded with 12 rounds of hollowpoint ammo. I had a spare mag in my left pocket, loaded with 11 rounds of the same. I was also carrying pepper spray and a folding knife on my strong side. Prepared or not, it's always best to walk away from trouble.
 

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sounds like a prudent move to me...bad guy or not there is little sense in walking into a possible situation and you managed to avaoid the situation altogether without even a verbal or close encounter...you may have been a target or the driver may have been pissed that he didnt get the chance to expose himself to you...you never know what youre gonna run into in public parks...
 

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Remember...it's pre-Christmas and some low-life scumbag types DO need extra money to buy that gift for their lovely crackhead drug-addicted girlfriends.

Be extra cautious before and during the Christmas season because robbery, mugging, pick-pocketing, & purse snatching type crimes escalate.
 

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You certainly did the wise thing, whether or not the driver was a BG.
Why put oneself into a dangerous situation?

Good job.
 

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sounds like good judgment to me.

QKShooter is right, they all pick up. Around here (Utah), vehicle burglaries also skyrocket. Lots of identity theft this time of year. Keep your valuables out of your vehicles when you're not in them!
 

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So the JSO sent an officer out to write it up. I (unfortunately) didn't get the plate correct, so here's another lesson learned: write it down as soon as you can. Don't trust your ability to memorize an alph-numeric string.

JSO also told me that there's been a string of break-ins and home invasions in our area. Time to ramp up the preparedness just a bit.
 

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Good call, if it doesn't feel right then follow your instincts. Worst case, you cut your walk short. If you ignored your initial feelings then, well you know...
 

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Based on your description I have no doubt you were being targeted. That feeling that came over you was your sixth sense of self-preservation and we all have it: females more than men. As a former patient at Walter Reed for extended periods, I was studied by some high-speed neurologists and I learned a few things as they discussed this topic. This combined with your SA also helped.
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Based on your description I have no doubt you were being targeted. That feeling that came over you was your sixth sense of self-preservation and we all have it: females more than men. As a patient at Walter Reed for extended periods, I was studied by some high-speed neurologists and I learned a few things as they discussed this topic. This combined with your SA also helped.
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Sure enough, before I got there the guy drove past again, giving me the stink eye, before he stood on the gas and accelerated into traffic.
How dare you be aware and thwart his evil deeds.

BGs amaze me. They think it is their right to steal from you and get pissed when you resist.

Prepared or not, it's always best to walk away from trouble.
That truly is the key to the whole thing. Do you really want to go through all the hassle of dealing with the trouble? Best to avoid it all together.
 

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Good job, hopefully the police can catch up to him before he hurts someone.
 

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Sounds like an intelligent move to me! :cool:

A few years back, I had something similar happen on a dirt logging road where I used to walk for exercise. Ended up turning off the road and hiking straight over the ridge -- without an established trail -- just to avoid the choke point between me and my car. Ticked me off no end to realize that simply because I (small female) was alone and looked helpless, I'd have to use my defensive firearm in a situation where someone who looked more capable would not be targeted as prey in the first place. Since I'd rather not have to shoot someone unless there were truly no other alternatives, I decided I'd never walk that road again without a companion. Funny; I used to avoid such situations because I was afraid of being injured or killed. Now I avoid them out of fear of injuring or killing someone else. Either way, I'm still unable to walk alone.

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Based on your description I have no doubt you were being targeted. That feeling that came over you was your sixth sense of self-preservation and we all have it: females more than men. As a patient at Walter Reed for extended periods, I was studied by some high-speed neurologists and I learned a few things as they discussed this topic. This combined with your SA also helped.
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You are alive.
You are unhurt.
You are not being flayed by the media nor persecuted by the county persecutor.
Result of your SA?
I think so.
Carry On Sir!
 

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On the other hand, maybe the guy had recently been broken into himself and was wanting to check out others roaming around the area. It may not be what you initially thought. I have done basically what this guy did when there were thiefs/suspects in the area.
 

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Sounds to me like you did the right thing!!!!!

The driver may try again so stay SA!!!!!!

Glock 26 is very good answer if needed to change possible BGs intention!!!!!!

Be aware, be safe,and be armed!!!!!
 
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