Thursday, September 9, 2010

Gainesville police: Be alert for possible terrorist attack

From a Gainesville police statement:

Being safety conscious is something everyone should do and domestic preparedness is a shared responsibility in which everyone can contribute. Your awareness and cooperation with local police and public safety officials can help predict and prevent crimes, attacks or terrorism before they happen. Be aware of your surroundings, nearby activity and unusual behavior at all times. If in doubt about circumstances that do not seem right, it is always better to report the conduct and actions causing concern.

What Should I Consider Suspicious?
  • Efforts to OBSERVE or case a facility by taking pictures, videos or making drawings
  • Questions about sensitive information, such as building blueprints, security procedures, etc. without a right or need to know
  • Make unusual inquiries about local sites, including government, law enforcement, military, malls, stadiums and utilities.
  • Unattended packages, briefcases, backpacks or vehicles.
  • Cars or trucks left in No Parking zones near important buildings.
  • Parking or loitering in the same area over a period of days without a valid reason.
  • Attempts to test security response or gain access to restricted areas.
  • Individuals in unseasonable bulky attire.
  • Unusual chemical smells and fumes from nearby apartments or residences.
What should I do?
  • Watch for people and actions that are out of place.
  • Make note of suspicious statements, people or vehicles.
  • If something seems wrong, notify law enforcement
  • Do not jeopardize your safety or the safety of others.
Preventing terrorism is a community effort. By learning what to look for, you can make a positive contribution in the fight against terrorism. The partnership between the community and public safety is essential to success of anti-terrorism efforts.

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