Some TI’s say the signals communicate specific things (see Stasi hand signals), but my perps seem to use them randomly just to let me know they are perps. A TI will be sensitized to different hand signals when their stalking becomes overt (after they find out they are a TI). The signals I see on a daily basis and what most TI’s see are the following:
-Brushing hair/back of neck with hand(s).
-Pointing, with hand or with whole arm fully outstretched.
– Both hands placed on hips or lower back.
– One or both hands placed on abdomen.
-Standing with arms crossed on chest.
-If perp is wearing a baseball hat, they will grab the bill and lift the hat up slightly and tip it forward, then put it back on. This is usually done when you’re behind them.
-Driver with one arm hanging out car window, often with a limp wrist. In cold weather, they will prop the arm up on the inside of the window ledge.
-Pulling out cellphone and/or texting as soon as you pass them.
There is also one TI who has many pics of her perps using the following signals:
-One hand placed in a pants/coat pocket
– Crossing their arms behind their back.
– Showing palm of one hand in a “stop” motion.
– Perps standing on the side of the road, etc. with their back to you.
Since I was sensitized to these signals last summer, I have begun to notice many politicians and celebrities using them as well, as well as in pics of first responders in other cities. Most often the pointing and the hairbrushing. You will also notice many politicans and celebrities wearing whole outfits in the perp colors of turquoise, purple, bright red and pink, etc. Or wearing a flag emblem somewhere on their clothing (most recently Jessica Alba and JLo’s son).
Hand signals that are specific to an individual TI are called mimicking. In my case that means:
-Holding both arms outstretched like Jesus on the crucifix.
-Rubbing arms, calves, thighs, or chest with one or both hands.
-Touching/picking at face/nose.
– Cracking knuckles.
-Touching nose or scalp and then inspecting fingernails.
-Wiping under one or both eyes with 2 fingers. (This was done during the weeks after I was discharged from the hospital, I had 2 black eyes and the perps were mimicking it.)