Three Urban “Escape & Evasion” Tips for Losing a Tail

Are you someone who genuinely lives life in the “Yellow Zone”?

In other words, do you pride yourself in being tactically aware of your environment and your surroundings?

If so, then it’s probably no surprise to you that the people, cars and vehicles around you may not be what they appear.

In fact, someone could be watching you right now…

… targeting you for an ambush
… stalking your spouse for a brutal attack
… even targeting your kids or grandkids.

Do you know what signs to look for?

If you feel you’re being followed, do you know how to lose them? Here are three urban escape and evasion tips for losing a tail.

Trust Your Gut

That’s the first rule that everyone — including military, bodyguards and CIA agents — will tell you to follow.

If someone feels suspicious to you, you’re probably right.

You’ve got to find a way to lose them so you can get to a safe place rather than put yourself in a position where you have to fight.

Create a Tactical Gap

One way to lose a stalker when you’re walking on the street is to turn a corner and quickly run as far ahead as possible — in about the time it would take for them to turn the corner themselves.

If they’re trying to follow you, this will shock them that you’re suddenly that far ahead and you’ll notice their response — eliminating any doubt they’re after you.

Your next move is critical…

Break the Trend Line

Our brains think in logical sequences: First this… then that… etc. — establishing a predictable “trend line.”

In a panic, your brain will tell you to choose the simplest escape route — typically a straight line on the most open path because our “fight or flight” programming tells us to try to outdistance an enemy with speed.

That’s great if you’re an Olympic sprinter. But for escape and evasion, you’re better off being “smarter” than your tracker and breaking the trend line of your path.

In other words, instead of following a logical exit path that your tail will anticipate, after turning a corner, quickly duck into a store.

You can tell a store clerk that you think someone is following you and to call 911.

Or — if you’re just looking to lose a tail — ask if you can go out their back exit.

This is a simple trick often used by special agents that could literally save you or a loved one from an attack.

(For more escape and evasion tricks, I highly suggest you check out our complete E&E guide here. The program is designed for “worst case” scenarios like mobs, riots and ambushes — but the tricks you’ll find inside will work in ANY scenario in which you’re being targeted as a victim.)

Face it… The worst thing you could possibly do is think to yourself It could never happen to me.

The true survivalist knows that kidnappings and robberies happen every day in almost every city in the U.S.

You don’t want to end up the victim of some lowlife criminal because you didn’t know they were watching you… or what to do about it.

Jeff Anderson

Written By Jeff Anderson

As a lifelong student of what he calls "survival arts", it was Jeff Anderson’s military training that led him to seek out strategies that would protect not only himself on the battlefield... but also provide for his family's own self-reliance in any sort of disaster, crisis or collapse. After 10 years of military training in elite infantry units around the world, Jeff began working as a security consultant and executive protection specialist for private clients and the entertainment industry. Specializing in military style hand-to-hand and weapons combat, Jeff offered classes and seminars based on practicality and battlefield effectiveness. In Jeff’s survival training, it was his service overseas and in combat missions, that he was able to get a first-hand glimpse of what a city gripped in collapse and without rule of law is like for its citizens. He uses his unique experience to inject a more realistic view of what to expect in survival scenarios and provide practical solutions — even in extreme environments — for true survivalists. Ultimately his training and experience led him to create the digital media channel for Modern Combat and Survival magazine which is fueled by more than 100 of the world’s top instructors in law enforcement, military and civilian survival schools.