Women’s Safety: TikTok user warns after being “targeted” by nocturnal predators
A woman shared a warning after being the victim of a “new tactic” from nocturnal predators who she says target people.
Sharing his post at TIC Tac, 22 years old Izzy Boyle from Peckham, UK, said she was driving early in the morning when she was the victim of the near-miss incident.
Sharing footage from the dashcam on her car, the woman spoke in a voiceover on top of the video.
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“I was walking through Peckham last night around 2am and I think everyone should be aware of this, especially women,” her post began.
“I ran into – well, there was an island in the middle of the road and there was a trash can on either side so that no cars could go through either lane.”
Izzy said she thought the installation was “just a joke” made by local kids, so she decided to get out of the car to move the trash.
“As soon as I got out I heard a rustle and I looked and there were people coming out of a side alley,” she shared.
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Frightened, Izzy said she quickly retreated to her car.
“I jumped in my car and thought, ‘Oh my gosh this is actually a tactic to get people out of their cars for god knows what reason’, but whatever it is is not a good reason. “
As he wrapped up his video, Izzy urged his followers to be careful.
“I just want everyone to know if you see a trash can on the road or whatever, turn around, push it with your car – don’t get out.”
The video has gained over 461,000 views since it went live just two days ago. Izzy’s post particularly struck a chord with female users, following the recent deaths of two young London women, Sabina Nessa in September and Sarah Everard in March.
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In Izzy’s TikTok comments, users shared their dismay at his experience and the general danger that exists on the streets of London.
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“And yet the police believe that ‘the streets are safe for women’,” wrote one TikTok user.
“I live in Peckham! It’s so scary! I’m too scared to let my 11 year old daughter go to the store down my street alone. I’m glad you’re okay,” another person commented. .
“It happened to me in Liverpool with barbed wire on a one-way road. Two men came out of a blocked rail tunnel. The fastest three-point turn of my life,” added a shaken user.
A commentator advised Izzy to inform his local police. In response to the comment, she said she did, but they “didn’t seem too bothered.”
“I notified [the police], they didn’t seem too bothered. But I told them it seemed to be happening in other areas as well, ”she wrote.
In the wake of the Nessa and Everard murders and growing reports of near-miss incidents for women in London, police have faced increasing pressure to step up their actions and make the streets safer.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday called police failures in these cases of violence against women “exasperating”.
In an interview with The temperature, Johnson said: “There is [a] problem, which is in part caused by the inability of the criminal justice system to dispose of these [cases]. Are the police taking this problem seriously enough? It is infuriating. I think the public feels like they’re not and they’re not wrong. “
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