What Should I Consider Suspicious?
Related to Individual Appearance, General Behavior, and Communications:
- Alters appearance from visit to visit (beard shaved off, hair color changed, etc.)
- Insists on paying with cash or uses credit card(s) in different name(s)
- Identification provided is inconsistent or suspect or demands identity “privacy”
- Customer travels illogical distance to participate, or location is illogical for group
- Nervous/suspicious behavior or evasive about group’s purpose (ask other patrons about group)
- Interest in learning offensive moves in a confined space
- Interest in learning the use of hidden weapons
- Interest in learning kill and restraint techniques with no occupational need
- Individuals who together are interested in learning group tactics
- Participants making racist or extreme religious statements
- Unusual comments made regarding anti-US, radical theology, vague or cryptic warnings
Related to Group Activities, Training Activities, and Training Location:
- Incorporating close combat or hand-to-hand fighting into training
- Designing a paintball field to mimic security checkpoints (such as schools, theaters, airports, malls)/li>
- Using diagrams to create obstacles (may resemble building or airport security, etc.)/li>
- Creating scenarios that incorporate law enforcement/li>
- Practicing kidnapping or ambush scenarios; may simulate use of RPG or explosives/li>
- Referring to military/jihad training manuals or clearly submitting to a leader in the group/li>
- Operating a private facility that’s not available or advertised to the public/li>
- Converting large plots of rural land to paintball fields or military style training camps/li>
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
- 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.
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