Today, the eve of the anniversary of Sept. 11, we think it important to share information about the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s “If You See Something, Say Something” nationwide campaign.
The public awareness campaign was created “to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper local law enforcement authorities."
The slogan really says it all. If you see something suspicious, say something. The best thing you can do to help deter crime and support anti-terrorism efforts is report suspicious activity to law enforcement authorities. Some examples provided by Homeland Security that people should be on the lookout for include an unattended backpack in a public area or someone trying to break into a restricted area. Homeland Security warns that factors of characteristics such as race, ethnicity, national origin or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious. “Only reports that document behavior reasonably indicative of criminal activity related to terrorism will be shared with federal partners,” Homeland Security states.
To view a “If You See Something, Say Something,” public service announcement video, click here.
To learn more about the nationwide campaign, visit Homeland Security's website.