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Recognize the signs of terrorism-related suspicious activity

Posted Sept. 11, 2018

An often-heard saying is, “If you see something, say something.” But exactly what is considered suspicious activity, and when should residents contact local law enforcement?

These activities may be considered terrorism-related suspicious activities:
Expressed or implied threat. Threatening to commit a crime that could harm or kill people or damage a facility, infrastructure or secured site.
Surveillance. A prolonged interest in or taking pictures/videos of personnel, facilities, security features or infrastructure in an unusual or covert manner.
Theft/loss/diversion. Stealing or diverting items, such as equipment, uniforms or badges that belong to a facility or secured site.
Testing or probing security. Investigating or testing a facility’s security or IT systems to assess the strength or weakness of a target.
Aviation activity. Operating or interfering with the operation of an aircraft that poses a threat of harm to people and property.
Breach/attempted intrusion. Unauthorized people trying to enter a restricted area or impersonating authorized personnel.
Acquisition of expertise. Gaining skills or knowledge on a specific topic, such as facility security, military tactics or flying an aircraft.
Eliciting information. Questioning personnel beyond mere curiosity about an event, facility or operations.
Misrepresentation. Presenting false information or misusing documents to conceal possible illegal activity.
Cyberattack. Disrupting or compromising an organization’s information technology systems.
Recruiting/financing. Funding suspicious or criminal activity or recruiting people to participant in criminal or terrorist activity.
Sabotage/tampering/vandalism. Damaging or destroying part of a facility, infrastructure or secured site.
Materials acquisition/storage. Acquisition and/or storage of unusual materials such as cell phones, radio controllers or toxic materials.
Weapons collections/storage. Collection or discovery of unusual amounts of weapons, including explosives, chemicals or other destructive materials.
Sector-specific incident. Actions that raise concern to specific sectors, such as a power plant, with regard to personnel, facilities, systems or functions.

To report terrorism-related suspicious activity, contact the Fort Worth Police Department/Homeland Security Unit at 817-392-6677. Describe specifically what you observed, including:

  • Who or what you saw.
  • When you saw it.
  • Where it occurred and why it’s suspicious. If there is an emergency, call 911.

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