Potential Indicators of Terrorist Activities Related to Martial Arts and Paintball Activities

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
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