Have you ever wondered who to call, or what to do when you see something that just does not seem right, or makes you feel uncomfortable?
The following are examples and tips of what to look for, what to do, and how to report possible suspicious terrorist activity. With law enforcement and the community working together, we can help prevent terrorist activity in our neighborhoods.
Why Report These Behaviors and Activities?
It is your awareness reported to police that can help predict and prevent attacks before they happen. Since 9/11, we can and must work together to prevent future attacks. It is always better to report behaviors and activities that do not seem right. Remember that it is all about behaviors and activities, not individuals.
What Activities Should I Report?
Here are a few examples:
- People drawing or measuring important buildings.
- Strangers asking questions about security or building security procedures.
- Briefcase, suitcase, backpack, or package left behind.
- Cars or trucks left in “No Parking” zones in front of important buildings.
- Intruders in secure areas where they are not supposed to be.
- A person wearing clothes that are too big and too hot for the weather.
- Chemical smell or fumes that worry you.
- Questions about sensitive information such as building blueprints, security plans, or VIP travel schedules without a right or need to know.
- Purchasing supplies or equipment that can be used to make bombs or weapons or purchasing uniforms, without having the proper credentials.
- Possible Scenarios –
- “There’s a chemical smell coming from my neighbor’s apartment.”
- “I saw someone taking measurements. I don’t want to get them in trouble. What should I do? The activity may be repeated at a number of locations, and you may be reporting one piece of the puzzle.
- Maybe someone just forgot their backpack on the bus?
Do not check it yourself; it may be a test.Call 818-238-3000 (Burbank Police Desk). In an emergency, call 911.Unsure? Let the experts decide!
Important Places to Watch:
- Government buildings
- Mass-gathering locations – parades, fairs, etc.
- Religious facilities
- Amusement parks
- Sports and entertainment venues
- Shopping malls
- High-rise buildings
- Public Transportation
Trust Your Instincts:
If it doesn’t look right, report it.
If it doesn’t smell right, report it.
If it doesn’t sound right, report.
What Should I Report?
Give as many details as you can. Here is a checklist to help you:
1. The time of day.
2. Where it happened.
3. What you witnessed.
4. A description of who was involved:
* Male or Female?
* How tall?
* Hair color, skin color, age?
* Speaking English or another language?
5. Was there a car?
Provide license plate number, color, model, or any identifiers.
6. Have you seen this activity in your neighborhood before?
A Simple Observation / A Single Report can lead to actions that may STOP a terrorist attack