What Should I Consider Suspicious?
- Renters who:
- Use cash for large transactions or a credit card in someone else’s name.
- Make unusual inquiries about local sites, including government, military, law enforcement, communications, and power facilities.
- Refuse maintenance or service over an extended time.
- Use entrances and exits that avoid the lobby.
- Abandon a property.
- Do not appear to be using a property for its intended purpose.
- Receive an unusual number of package deliveries.
- Reports of:
- Burn marks or discoloration on walls or doors.
- Unusual odors or liquids seeping from a property.
- Unusual amounts of traffic.
- Parked vehicles in isolated areas.
- Unknown persons asking for directions to sensitive areas on a property, including utility and security rooms.
- Properties that contain furniture or surveillance equipment that is inconsistent with the intended use.
- Discovery of unusual items at a property or dumpsters:
- Fertilizer or agricultural products.
- Chemicals or chemical containers.
- Fuel or fuel containers.
- Weapons, ammunition, and explosives.
- Extremist training manuals or literature.
- Unusual requests for schematics or blueprints of a property.
- Locks being replaced without permission.
- Modifications to a property that are designed to conceal storage areas.
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