If You See Something, Say Something!

Suspicious Activity

Suspicious activity is any observed behavior that could indicate terrorism or terrorism-related crime. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Unusual items or situations: A vehicle is parked in an odd location, a package/luggage is unattended, a window/door is open that is usually closed, or other out-of-the-ordinary situations occur.
  • Eliciting information: A person questions individuals at a level beyond curiosity about a building’s purpose, operations, security procedures and/or personnel, shift changes, etc.
  • Observation/surveillance: Someone pays unusual attention to facilities or buildings beyond a casual or professional interest. This includes extended loitering without explanation (particularly in concealed locations); unusual, repeated, and/or prolonged observation of a building (e.g., with binoculars or video camera); taking notes or measurements; counting paces; sketching floor plans, etc.

Some of these activities could be innocent—it's up to law enforcement to determine whether the behavior warrants investigation. The activities above are not all-inclusive, but have been compiled based on studies of pre-operational aspects of both successful and thwarted terrorist events over several years. Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

  • Be aware of your surroundings and take the proper precautions to help ensure your personal safety. Keep your personal belongings in sight or in a secure location. Park in designated areas and lock your vehicle if left unattended. In secluded areas be sure to walk with a friend.
  • Prevention of any crime begins with awareness. Become aware of your surroundings and stay tuned in for possible danger or threats to your safety.
Plan Ahead
  • Be wary and suspicious of observed behavior or activities that make you feel uncomfortable and avoid secluded places where you are put in a vulnerable position.
  • Trust your instincts.
  • If someone or something appears troublesome, leave the area and contact law enforcement.
When Walking
  • Stay in well-lighted areas, away from alleys, bushes, and entryways.
  • Minimize distractions. Even if you are talking on a cell phone or listening to music, lower the volume, keep your head up, and frequently look around.
  • Always try to let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • If a driver stops to ask directions, avoid getting close to the car, and only accept rides from people you know well.
  • If a car appears to be following you, turn and walk in the opposite direction. After you have safely cleared the area, contact law enforcement.
Traveling In Your Car

Have your keys ready when you approach your vehicle and check inside before entering, including the back seat. Lock your doors. Avoid isolated roads and shortcuts and park in well-lighted areas. If you are followed, drive to the nearest open business for help, or go to a police or fire station.