A WOMAN has warned other female hikers that she may have been targeted for kidnapping after finding a red ribbon tied to her car.
Posting on Facebook, the lady said she returned from a well-known walking path in Glenbrook, Australia when she was found the material tied to her door handle.
She claims a man was watching her as she approached the vehicle but then left the scene when her partner arrived.
The woman has since issued a warning to "anyone going bushwalking alone" at the foot of the Blue Mountains.
She said she read online that predators tie ribbons to door handles to prevent victims from opening their cars quickly when being stalked.
The hiker wrote: "I've seen online that people do this to distract you when you're going to the car so that you take time to see it and untie it.
"There was a guy near my car at the time and when he saw my partner he walked away."
The lady said she contacted local cops who sent patrols to the area to investigate.
She urged other women to "stay safe" and "be aware" when walking alone.
"If you see ribbon of any kind on your door handle, avoid the car and seek help," she said.
It comes after a US TikToker named Shannon, 20, recently claimed she noticed two cars with pieces of string tied to the door handles.
She wrote: "WTF is this a joke? Somebody better not get kidnapped."
After finding a second car, she said: "We found a second one. I'm getting out of here."
However, online theories about ribbons being used by kidnappers has previously been branded "ridiculous" by US authorities.
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- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
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