With the country at war we all need to be aware of suspicious activity at work, schools, malls, sports events and church in our cities and states.
Since the tragedy of September 11, 2001, Americans have become more aware of the threat of terrorism. Homeland Security is reaching out to the public through theSeven Signs of Terrorism to help individuals recognize suspicious activity.
- Suspicious activity
- Tests of Security
- Acquiring of Supplies
- Suspicious Persons
- Dry Runs
- Deploying Assets or Getting Into Position
This is the planning phase of a terrorist operation where they view the target, look for strengths and weaknesses, identify police presence and make maps.
Individual looking for information in improper places such as power plants, police stations, sporting arenas, schools, shopping malls, churches , etc.
Tests of Security
Suspicious individuals walking into and testing restricted areas to assess the strength and weakness of existing security.
Acquiring of Supplies
This would include the theft or purchase of police or military uniforms, badges, chemicals, weapons, etc.
people displaying unusual behavior such as parking in unusual places, using surveillance equipment such as cameras and binoculars is non tourist areas.
Terrorists groups will often attempt to do a dry run, entering secure areas, moving staff into position, monitoring police responses, checking their entry and exit routes etc.
Deploying Assets or Getting Into Position
This is where the terrorist will get ready to initiate the attack. Terrorists will be moving into position, possible pres-staging equipment and supplies for the operation.
Understand that the above operation may occur over a period of weeks, months or even years.
In the event you do observe suspicious activity, you should report it to your local law enforcement agency first. If the activity, person, or incident that you are reporting is an emergency or requires immediate attention, please dial 911.
Ohio’s Department of Homeland Security has produced a very informative video that you can view here.