During the summer months, many people attend concerts and large-scale sporting events, visit historic landmarks and take public transportation. While you have summer fun on the brain, you also need to be aware of your surroundings. Crowded events and popular tourist spots can be targets for terrorist attacks.
As the Boston bombings tragically reminded us, terrorism is a real threat in our society. Events like this cause us to be more aware of our vulnerability, but we should keep safety in mind at all times. Suspicious activity can happen anywhere, anytime, and keeping an eye out and reporting anything odd to the authorities can save lives.
No matter where you’ll be this summer, you can play a part in keeping large-scale events and attractions safe for everyone. If you see any unattended packages, backpacks, briefcases, etc. that look suspicious, call your local police — even if you are uncertain of their significance. If it is an emergency, dial 911 immediately. You should also alert authorities if you notice any of the following behavior:
- Surveillance using video recording or monitoring activities, taking notes, using cameras, maps or binoculars near key facilities or events.
- Suspicious questioning in an attempt to gain information regarding a facility or people who work there.
- Testing security in attempt to penetrate or test physical security or procedures at a facility or event.
- Attempting to improperly acquire explosives, weapons, ammunition, dangerous chemicals, uniforms, badges, flight manuals, access cards or identification.
- Suspicious people who do not appear to belong at a workplace, neighborhood or business establishment.
- “Dry Runs,” which entail behavior that appears to be preparation for a terrorist act, such as mapping out routes, playing out scenarios with other people, monitoring key facilities/events, timing traffic lights or traffic flow.
To learn more about keeping yourself and your community safe from terrorism, watch the If You See Something, Say Something video.