Friday, 27 January 2017

Stay Safe!

This post is a little different compared to the posts that I normally put up on my blog, but it is something that I think is worth sharing with you. It was a couple of years ago now and I just want to share it with you in case there is anybody out there who is going through something similar and just to give you some information.

When I started working 4 years ago I couldn’t drive at the time, I was learning but hadn’t passed my test. And at the time I worked in the middle of an industrial estate so I had to catch the bus to the main road and then I had to walk a couple of miles to the building. I had been doing it for a while and everything was fine. Then one day a car pulled up at the side of me. I remember that it was a very boxy looking blue Volvo that was pulling up, it certainly wasn’t a new model by any means.

I kept on walking because I had no idea why they had pulled up, then he started crawling the car along to the pace of my steps. So I looked to the side and he was leaning out of the window and when I met his gaze he asked me if I wanted a lift anywhere. Obviously I shook my head and said no and then he stepped on the accelerator and sped off.

I got to work and told the woman that I worked with about it and she just called him a weirdo and nothing else was said about it. It happened again the next day, and the next and carried on for a month or so. Each day when he asked he would get more brazen and question me why I didn’t want a lift, where I was going and if was planning on meeting anyone.

I ignored all of his questions, kept my earphones in with my phone in my hand in case I needed it and just carried on walking not meeting his eyes. On one of the last days when he approached me he got quite aggressive when I repeatedly declined his offers. I basically sprinted to my work and he followed in the car. When I went through the doorway I buckled onto the floor out of breath, that was when one of the lads from the warehouse came out. He asked me what was wrong with me and I told him what had been happening. The poor thing didn’t know what to say, but I could tell he was concerned about it.

I calmed down and then went back to my desk and got on with my work. An hour or so later I was being called down by the managing director. He asked me to take a seat opposite him, obviously little new started me, I was shitting myself!

The boy I had told before had gone and told him what had happened. So sat there with the managing director I had to report it to the police. The Police have a non-emergency number which you can call at any time. So I did and I had to give them a full report about what had been happening. My boss was just mad at me that I hadn’t told him before and anything could have happened to me. Which was true and I didn’t think of it like that.

The police said that they would put a patrol car on that stretch of road at the same time that he approached me. My boss also gave me his number and he made me promise that if he did it again the next morning that I had to ring him immediately and just pretend I was on my phone like normal.

So the following day, I was walking to work as I did before. And just like clockwork he was there, so I got my phone out and rang my boss but didn’t put it to my ear so he couldn’t tell I was on the phone. I looked around and there was no police patrol car like they said there would be. Within minutes the company transit van. He parked bumper to bumper with the man so he couldn’t move anywhere. He jumped out along with the warehouse manager and in the back of the van there was about 10 of the lads that worked as engineers with me.

From that day and the scare that he got he didn’t go it again. Or not as far as I saw anyway. Soon after that I learnt to drive so I had some comfort in knowing that he couldn’t grab me.

I just wanted to share this with you because I was really stupid in not telling people about it or making it as serious as it was getting. I should have told somebody straight away and reported it to the police. The non-emergency number is in place for things like this and it is just comforting knowing that somebody knows about it.

I just want you guys to be safe out there and not be silly like I was!

If you ever need somebody to talk to or just ask for some advice, please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below or if you want it to be a little more private email me on

1 comment

  1. That is honestly such a horrible experience Danielle and I think it's so important you're sharing your experience. When I was at school some guy tried to get me into his car which was absolutely terrifying and I had to go to the police. It's so sad that most women seemed to have had an experience like this, it's a sad state of affairs. I always remember what happened to me and it definitely has made me a lot more fearful on the streets and has stuck with me, I hope your experience hasn't stuck with you too much negatively.

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