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A bestselling crime writer revealed his wife's creepy encounter on running app Strava was the inspiration for his new thriller I Follow You. 

Peter James's latest novel draws upon his wife Lara's experience while running when a man she waved at on a run once began running the same places as her at the same times.


The 41-year-old marathon runner told her husband about the odd encounters around their home in Woodmancote, near Brighton, in 2017 and when she checked her Strava account she discovered the man she waved at had occasionally run the exact same route as her. 

Peter James, 71, took inspiration form his wife Lara's experiences when running. In 2017, the 41-year-old marathon runner realised a man was often running the same routes as her 

Running app Strava, which has more than 50 million users,  allows people to upload GPS information about their routes 

She told the Sunday Times: 'I thought this could be really dangerous if that guy was awful or a stalker.

'It wouldn't take much before you could look up someone's patterns of when they run, where they live, when they're away.' 

The running tracker Strava has more than 50 million users, many of which upload GPS information about their exercise onto the app to help fellow users identify good running routes.

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Although the app gives people the option to keep their information private, the default settings make all new users' data available to others. 

A similar incident happened to Mrs James, who is now fearful when running, especially at night, when she and her husband moved to Jersey in 2018. 

While she was running on the seafront she said 'hi' to a man who told her he was training for a marathon before continuing on her run. 

Strava has privacy settings which allows its users to hide their start and end points but this is not the default

When she got home her phone went off informing her that the man was now following her on the app. 

Her husband, 71-year-old Peter James, said he was concerned by her experiences but also intrigued and saw the opportunity to use it as a base for a new novel. 

He also said it should serve as a warning to people to be careful what they share publicly online. 

Those who wish to share their runs but not want to publicise where they start and end can use 'privacy zones' on the app to stop people finding where they live. 

Peter James's latest novel I Follow You tells the tale of a doctor who becomes infatuated with a woman he almost mows down with his car as she is running in Saint Helier, Jersey, and tracks her uses fictional running app Run Master.

His wife still trains but has altered the privacy settings on her tracker and  makes sure to go running at different times of the day.

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New York Metropolis is headed for a critical decline

New York Metropolis’s relentless crime spike and chaos on the streets make it painfully clear: Gotham — vital elements of it, anyway — is headed for a steep decline. The large query now could be whether or not it may be stopped.

As The Put up reported Monday, shootings within the metropolis are operating at almost twice the speed as final 12 months. As of Saturday, there have been 821 outbursts of gunfire, with 1,000 victims this 12 months; 2019 noticed simply 446 shootings, with 551 victims at this identical level.

Police recorded a dozen gunplay incidents Saturday into Sunday morning alone. Not less than 4 folks have been killed over the weekend.

Vagrants and addicts, in the meantime, started commandeering public streets lengthy earlier than the pandemic, with Mayor de Blasio doing little to handle the issue.

On Manhattan’s Higher West Aspect after the outbreak — as The Put up reported final week — the town moved tons of of vagrants into accommodations. Males are actually seen peeing or masturbating in public or mendacity sprawled out on the streets. A 40-year-old girl was randomly stabbed close to the subway at 72nd Avenue. Convicted rapists and intercourse abusers have been stuffed right into a lodge only a block from the PS 87 playground.

The Put up’s Doree Lewak reported Sunday that even one of the vocal anti-crime activists within the space, Elizabeth Carr (amongst others), is giving up and shifting away.

“We reached our New York expiration date,” Carr sighed. “Issues weren’t on course.” A buddy, she famous, couldn’t even discover a dealer to promote her residence at 72nd Avenue and Columbus, a normally extremely sought-after location.

De Blasio’s response is solely to rail that the crime and chaos are “unacceptable.” However his personal insurance policies — and new state and metropolis legal guidelines — have fueled the issue.

Neither he, nor Gov. Cuomo, nor state lawmakers, all of whom share blame, care to handle these legal guidelines and insurance policies.

Columnist Kyle Smith argues that there’s “no push for regulation and order” within the metropolis. “New Yorkers aren’t hypocrites,” Smith writes, “they’re masochists.”

We hope he’s mistaken. As a result of with out public strain, decline is inevitable.

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