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.
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.
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.
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