Woman Thanks Followers For 'Saving Her Life' After They Recognise Gang Symbol Outside House
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A woman is 'beyond grateful' to her TikTok followers after they warned her that a strange symbol outside her home meant she'd been targeted by a gang, saying she believes they saved her life.
Jade Jules, 27, spotted '1F' had been written in the snow covering the lid of a black bin outside her home on 12 January.
Confused, she posted a video on her TikTok channel (@bb.jade__) to ask her followers what it meant - only to be horrified when they told her it meant she'd been targeted by a gang.
Hundreds of fellow TikTokers explained how the '1F' sign is often drawn by gang members outside of the homes of single females living alone.
It supposedly lets other gang members working in the area know that a woman is an easy target for crimes such as robberies, sex trafficking and rape.
Jade, a student from St John's in Newfoundland, Canada, reported the symbol to police, who confirmed what the social media users had suspected.
Feeling 'terrified', she then fled to the safety of her mother's house.
Jade said: "My followers definitely saved my life.
"I was going out to put the trash out and that's when I saw it. I took out my phone, recorded it and posted it on TikTok because I had zero clue on what it meant.
"I thought people on TikTok would know and help me, which they did. I'm very thankful for everyone who helped me.
"I was terrified. I thought someone did it as a joke or something, but then all the comments and messages came in so my mom came and got me. I packed some stuff and haven't been home since.
"She's actually going to move in with me at that house so we are planning to go back sometime this week.
"It's been very scary, I have not been home since as I am terrified. I have no idea who did it or why they did it but I've done everything I can.
"I called the cops, took off the writing and left home. I've bought cameras for the house, I don't know what else to do.
"The police couldn't do anything because there were no suspects and I had no clue who or what it was so they just wiped off the bin and told me to stay safe and if I can leave for a few days to do that, so that's what I did."
She added: "People in the comments of my videos are saying it means one female. Apparently it's used for kidnapping and sex trafficking and break ins. I'm not sure what it meant in my situation, but if all that is true, then I'm scared about what could have happened.
"I'm beyond grateful for everyone that commented and messaged me telling me to stay safe and be careful and to not post my whereabouts. My followers really saved me."