Potential Indicators of Terrorist Activities Related to Storage Facilities

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What Should I Consider Suspicious?

  • Failing to provide complete personal information when completing rental paperwork.
  • Using cash to pay rental fees in advance.
  • Failing to pay rent for a storage unit in a timely manner.
  • Using a credit card in someone else’s name.
  • Inquiring about security and surveillance equipment utilized at the storage facility.
  • Placing unusual items in storage units or facility dumpsters:
    • Fertilizer or agricultural products.
    • Chemicals or chemical containers.
    • Fuel or fuel containers.
    • Weapons and ammunition.
    • Explosives.
  • Disposing of tools or protective gloves, masks, or clothing.
  • Discarding clothing or shoes in new condition.
  • Entering and leaving storage facility at unusual times.
  • Avoiding contact with rental facility personnel.
  • Accessing the facility an unusual number of times.
  • Requesting deliveries of chemicals and other items made directly to a storage unit.
  • Leaving burn marks or discoloration on the walls or door of a storage unit.
  • Storing items that emit unusual odors or leak liquids.

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