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Old 04-29-2013, 10:49 AM   #35
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I wonder if the guy had a coffee mug in his car?
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:18 AM   #36
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I'm beginning to think I live in the most uneventful area of the country. Nobody follows me, nobody vandalizes my car, nobody takes random pictures of my car, nobody tries to race me at every corner...I probably just jinxed myself.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:44 AM   #37
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Always good to keep your "Escape and Evasion" skills ready. First lesson: When you think that MAYBE you are being followed, make a U-turn somewhere. This will either cause the other vehicle to chicken out and you are gone, gone, gone... or, if he also makes a U-turn, you've got confirmation, and now it's on!............................................... ...... Lot's of ways to lose 'em: High speed is one, if you have the skills, the equipment, and the other guy doesn't. Or, on a highway, position yourself in a left lane, setting it up so that your follower is just left of a big rig in the right lane... when you reach an offramp, cut hard, take an extra lane to get to the offramp, and your tail will be completely blocked by the rig.............................................. Or (this one is hairy, but I did it... and it was highly successful): Find a side street, emptier the better. Come to a stop, then hit reverse. Go around him, and keep hauling ass in reverse... go as far and as fast as you can. Guaranteed, he will not follow you in reverse, but will turn around (takes at least a few seconds) and come towards you. When you see him getting close, stand on your brakes, drop it into to 'drive,' and get around him. You will now have a HUGE lead, as he will need to come to a stop, turn around (best if you can do it on a road narrow enough to require a three- point or more turnaround), and accelerate, while you, in the meantime, are just hauling ass to go disappear into the distance.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:53 AM   #38
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...and... if it's nighttime, and you can find a place to hide, remember to take your foot off the brake: You do not want those bright red beacons leading your tail to you. .................................................. Never, ever, let yourself get blocked: Don't pull into a parking space that you can't pull through if he sees you and stops, never go down and unknown alley or road that MIGHT have a dead end, and never take a dirt road that is not familiar to you............................................... ..... At a red light, stop, then go when traffic is clear (of course it could attract the attention of a cop: That would be a good thing right now!). This might weed out the casual stalker who is just screwing around... if your tail, however, follows you through a red light, then he's serious. Another variation is to run that red light strategically in front of cross traffic, so that YOU make it through, but he can't (the traffic variation of the classic movie car chase, where the pursued crosses the RR tracks just infront of the speeding train, and the pursuers cannot... but finding a train in just the right place is a rare thing!)
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Old 04-29-2013, 12:00 PM   #39
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Gotta love Florida... People rarely do this shit because many of us pack. I've been carrying in some form or another for 20 years now.
This. There are a lot of dumb people here, but they know that half the state is carrying so they don't really try anything stupid. I never leave the house without a gun. You just never know.
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Old 04-29-2013, 12:05 PM   #40
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I would have wanted to get out of my car and try to beat the crap out of him....but I wouldn't because I'd assume he'd have a gun and kill me with it. So...I would have just done what you did for maybe the first hour or so and then would have called the police.
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Old 04-29-2013, 12:26 PM   #41
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This. There are a lot of dumb people here, but they know that half the state is carrying so they don't really try anything stupid. I never leave the house without a gun. You just never know.
Florida has a pretty bad violent crime rate in comparison with other states. I'm totally for a concealed weapons permit. I just think that has more to do with the outcome of the attempted crime more than it acts as a detraction. ie. idiot gets blasted instead of taking your car
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:17 PM   #42
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I definitely would have called the police or the highway patrol.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:18 PM   #43
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Wow. On this side of the border I'd just assume he liked my car, had time to kill and simply wanted a better look. Sometimes I'm glad I live without the paranoia of a gun loving society.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:20 PM   #44
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This. There are a lot of dumb people here, but they know that half the state is carrying so they don't really try anything stupid. I never leave the house without a gun. You just never know.
Sorry, but that's just a sh***y way to live.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:22 PM   #45
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Always good to keep your "Escape and Evasion" skills ready. First lesson: When you think that MAYBE you are being followed, make a U-turn somewhere. This will either cause the other vehicle to chicken out and you are gone, gone, gone... or, if he also makes a U-turn, you've got confirmation, and now it's on!............................................... ...... Lot's of ways to lose 'em: High speed is one, if you have the skills, the equipment, and the other guy doesn't. Or, on a highway, position yourself in a left lane, setting it up so that your follower is just left of a big rig in the right lane... when you reach an offramp, cut hard, take an extra lane to get to the offramp, and your tail will be completely blocked by the rig.............................................. Or (this one is hairy, but I did it... and it was highly successful): Find a side street, emptier the better. Come to a stop, then hit reverse. Go around him, and keep hauling ass in reverse... go as far and as fast as you can. Guaranteed, he will not follow you in reverse, but will turn around (takes at least a few seconds) and come towards you. When you see him getting close, stand on your brakes, drop it into to 'drive,' and get around him. You will now have a HUGE lead, as he will need to come to a stop, turn around (best if you can do it on a road narrow enough to require a three- point or more turnaround), and accelerate, while you, in the meantime, are just hauling ass to go disappear into the distance.

This is supposed to be a joke right? Or did you watch too much television as a child?
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:31 PM   #46
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Wow. On this side of the border I'd just assume he liked my car, had time to kill and simply wanted a better look. Sometimes I'm glad I live without the paranoia of a gun loving society.
I agree. If I ever live in an area that I feel the need to carry a gun, I will move! I feel bad for you folks that need to carry a weapon.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:31 PM   #47
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Not sure about everyone else but if you have a iPhone, Android, or any other smart phone with web capabilities fire up Google Maps and type in Police and locate the nearest station and drive directly there. No sense in going 120MPH to ditch the guy and then get a ticket and trying to explain yourself to the cop.

That would have been my game plan.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:35 PM   #48
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Sorry, but that's just a sh***y way to live.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:40 PM   #49
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Florida has a pretty bad violent crime rate in comparison with other states. I'm totally for a concealed weapons permit. I just think that has more to do with the outcome of the attempted crime more than it acts as a detraction. ie. idiot gets blasted instead of taking your car
The crime rate is high but if you look at the demographics of said crimes they are usually among people that would attack each other no matter what or where they are. It's a question of where they are. FL has a lot more inner city areas than say Idaho. I work in an Urban area and I tell you the clientele just rolls that way.

There is a reason I live in the suburbs.

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Old 04-29-2013, 01:44 PM   #50
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Sorry, but that's just a sh***y way to live.
It's a way of life and I wouldn't have it any other way.

I treaty firearm like an American Express... Never leave home without it. I take care of me and mine.

The police most likely won't be there to protect us. They might show up in time to take a police report.

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This is supposed to be a joke right? Or did you watch too much television as a child?
And, why is it that being prepared for a situation means that somebody watched too much television as a child... or is joking? Some know how to survive, adapt, and overcome... others will simply stand there picking their noses, and if/ when the moment arises when they WISH they'd had a plan, well, that's when their lack of preparation will shine!
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