It can be hard to know just what "something suspicious" looks like. But you know the world around you--the things that you see every day. And you'll notice if something seems a little strange, out of place or just not quite right.
IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Never spy on or pry into your neighbors' affairs or property, but do keep your eyes open, like in a neighborhood watch.
- Strange or abandoned vehicles on the side of the road.
- Service vehicles in front of houses where that type of service isn't taking place.
- People you don't recognize "hanging around" your neighborhood for long periods of time.
- People videotaping or using surveillance equipment like binoculars.
- Unauthorized personnel around power lines, poles, transformer boxes, sewers, storm drains, gas lines or other utility equipment.
IN THE WORKPLACE
If something doesn't look like "business as usual" don't hesitate to check with your boss or security personnel.
DURING YOUR COMMUTE
- Packages, bags or boxes left unattended in public areas like a lobby or parking garage.
- Unexpected or odd-looking packages mailed to your place of business.
- People you don't recognize entering unauthorized areas.
- Anyone tampering with surveillance cameras, safety systems, machinery or other sensitive equipment.
- Exposed wiring, leaks, strange smells or other signs of potential tampering.
Stay alert around buses, trains, bridges and roadways. If something doesn't look right, tell the nearest authority or transit employee.
OTHER SOMETHINGS THAT MIGHT BE SUSPICIOUS
- Bags, boxes or other packages left unattended on buses and trains, in stations or on train tracks.
- People entering unauthorized areas at train or bus stations.
- Exposed wiring, leaks, strange smells or other signs of potential tampering on buses and trains.
- People videotaping, sketching or taking notes on transit equipment or facilities.
- Placing a package or luggage in a different compartment than the one being occupied.
- People who stay at bus or train stations for long periods without getting on.
IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING.
- Strange vehicles left unattended near busy areas or under bridges.
- Strange packages left unattended in malls, parking garages, stadiums, theaters or other crowded public places.
- People wearing oversized clothing for their body type or excessively bulky clothing in hot weather.
- Anyone abandoning an item behind and leaving the area quickly.
- People wearing a uniform but not appearing to be involved in an appropriate activity.
- People openly possessing a weapon or dangerous item.
- Strange chemical smells.
When you see something, how do you say something?
TELL AN AUTHORITY
Say something to an authority if there is one nearby.
CALL THE STATEWIDE HOMELAND SECURITY TIP LINE
- Tell a police officer
- On a bus, tell the driver
- In a train or at a train station, tell a conductor or a transit worker
- At an airport, mall, or other public area, tell security personnel
- In a store or restaurant, tell the owner or manager
- In the workplace, tell your boss or direct supervisor
If there isn't an authority nearby, call 1-866-HLS-TIPS (1-866-457-8477). It's a free call and it's available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Sometimes, something suspicious can turn into an emergency situation, requiring a more urgent response. If you believe there is immediate danger, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.
"See Something, Say Something" is the theme of a state-wide public awareness campaign empowering residents of Connecticut to help protect the state from terrorism and keep everyone safe. See www.keepctsafe.com/about.asp for details.
The campaign is commissioned by the Connecticut Department of Transportation and the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.