What Should I Consider Suspicious?
- New customer who is reluctant to provide complete personal information.
- Customer who has not taken a safety course or does not have a certification card.
- Small groups of individuals asking for scuba certification lessons “quickly”.
- An inexperienced diver trying to dive alone.
- Using cash for expensive transactions or a credit card in someone else’s name.
- Renting watercraft for an extended period.
- Purchasing more than one motorized underwater propelling device.
- Exhibiting unusual behavior regarding dive tanks.
- Wanting to dive in locations not normally associated with diving.
- Claiming to be an experienced boater/diver but
- Exhibiting unfamiliarity with common terminology.
- Requiring instruction on operating watercraft and/or diving equipment.
- Unable to support the claim with a diving logbook.
- During training
- Appearing uninterested in safety rules or sacrificing safety to complete training faster.
- Displaying aggressive desire to get to a specific location or to the next stage of the class.
- Trying to redirect basic lessons towards a specific or an advanced topic.
- Asking about technical or specialty training (e.g., enclosed spaces, night diving, underwater navigation, underwater welding, mixed gas diving) without being able to explain their objective.
- Containers unrelated to normal water sports activities.
- Maps designating structures unrelated to water sports activities.
- Forged or altered identification.
- Acting secretive or exhibiting guarded behavior (discouraging communication and/or observation of activities).
- Inquiring about
- Local dams or companies along waterways.
- “Rebreathing” equipment or certification to utilize rebreathing equipment (very costly) for extremely deep dives or extended dive times.
- Require valid ID from all new customers.
- Keep records of purchases.
- Talk to customers, ask questions, and listen to and observe their responses.
- Watch for people and actions that are out of place.
- Make note of suspicious statements, people, and/or vehicles.
- If something seems wrong, notify law enforcement authorities.
Note: It is important to remember that just because someone’s speech, actions, beliefs, appearance, or way of life is different, it does not mean that he or she is suspicious.
What Should I Do?
Be Part of the Solution
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 law enforcement is essential to the success of anti-terrorism efforts.
Some of the activities, taken individually, could be innocent and must be examined by law enforcement professionals in a larger context to determine whether there is a basis to investigate. The activities outlined on this handout are by no means all-inclusive but have been compiled from a review of terrorist events over several years.
Osceola County Sheriff’s Office