Protect Your Everyday
Those who wish to do us harm are constantly plotting, planning for additional opportunities that may or may not come. So what are we as Americans-as Iowans-to do? How do we protect our "everyday?"
Witnessing Suspicious ActivityIf you witness any type of suspicious activity, it is wise to report such activity to your local law enforcement agency. An alert public helps to keep our communities safe. 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 or some luggage is unattended, a window or door is open that is usually closed, or something else out of the ordinary.
- 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:
- Counting paces
- Extended loitering without explanation (particularly in concealed locations)
- Sketching floor plans
- Taking notes or measurements
- Unusual, repeated, and/or prolonged observation of a building (for example, with binoculars or video camera, etc.
Reporting Suspicious ActivityWhen reporting suspicious activity, remember to describe specifically what you observed, including:
- What or Who you saw
- When you saw it
- Where it occurred
- Why it is suspicious