Unfortunately, there aren’t enough law enforcement officers for them to be everywhere at once, which is why it’s important for citizens to lend a hand by reporting suspicious activity when the need arises. Of course, you don’t want to be hounding law enforcement officials with a bunch of false leads, and you certainly don’t want to look like you’re paranoid. That’s why it’s important to understand what qualifies as suspicious activity and what doesn’t. The following are just some of the activities that could be construed as being suspicious.

Unusual Items and Situations

Generally, if you notice something that appears unusual, it could be a suspicious activity. For instance, if you notice a vehicle parked in an odd spot or notice items unattended that would usually be attended to or anything else that just seems out of the ordinary, it could be suspicious.

Information-Seeking People

If you notice someone asking more questions than usual, then that person could be involved in some type of suspicious activity. For instance, if you notice someone asking more than what would be deemed the usual amount of questions about when the workers get off work at a certain building, what time certain operations go on, and so on, then that could be considered suspicious.

Surveillance

Similarly, if you notice someone conducting surveillance on an area, they could be engaged in suspicious activity. Examples of extended surveillance activities and unnecessary observation could be loitering and studying a certain site for too long, especially with the use of binoculars. Taking down notes could also indicate that something fishy is going on.

What About Civil Rights?

Americans have the right to their privacy, so you want to make sure that you never violate any one’s civil rights. Only report activities that could be deemed as suspicious. People’s race, sex, ethnicity, and religion are not suspicious. Look at their behaviors to determine suspicion. When you report suspicious activities, it’s then up to the law enforcement agencies to determine whether or not the alleged individuals were really involved in something illicit or not.

In today’s modern world, staying vigilant is essential to keeping terrorism and crime at bay. While you might not be a law enforcement officer, you can certainly do your part to help out by reporting any suspicious activity that you notice to the appropriate officials. Fortunately, there are organizations like the ICE Foundation to assist in notifying the appropriate officials of suspicious activities that could possibly be terrorism.

Have questions about the ICE Foundation or our mission? Contact us online or call  202-888-1761 for more information today!

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Effective December 31, 2018, the Board of the ICE Foundation recently voted to officially close down the foundation and cease all operations.  However, an entirely new and separate organization, the Homeland Security Philanthropy Council, has been created and will take up many of the positive legacy programs of the former ICE Foundation.  The Homeland Security Philanthropy Council will be similar to the ICE Foundation but will assume a broader remit to assist law enforcement agencies within the Department of Homeland Security. ICE Foundation Executive Director James Barchiesi and several ICE Foundation Board members will help with the transition and continue their philanthropic efforts by supporting the Homeland Security Philanthropy Council.  However, it is important to clarify that the ICE Foundation will sunset at the end of 2018 and that the Homeland Security Philanthropy Council will be a new entity without any official connection to the former ICE Foundation. The ICE Foundation Board members would like to sincerely thank the many generous supporters of the ICE Foundation who have assisted our efforts over the years to support the ICE mission and the men and women of ICE and their families.

For further information about the Homeland Security Philanthropy Council please see their website