SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY- FOLLOW YOUR INSTINCT!
One of the most important roles you have as a member of our community is to report suspicious activity.
How do you determine what is suspicious activity? A suspicious activity is when a person’s conduct or action does not fit the normal day-to-day activity of our neighborhood- an occurrence that is out of place and should not be happening in our neighborhood.
REMEMBER- If you observe something unusual or think something looks ‘wrong’, report it. DON’T HESITATE TO CALL 911! FOLLOW YOUR INSTINCT! You WILL NOT get in trouble with the police- and you WILL be doing a service to your community!
CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES AS SUSPICIOUS AND CALL THE POLICE!
1. A person or vehicle stays in the same place for an unusual length of time.
2. A parked car with the engine running- regardless of a person inside or not.
3. A person behaves strangely or exhibits unusual movements, looks out of place, or is wandering aimlessly.
4. A person concealing an object, carrying a weapon or suspicious bag.
5. A person looking into cars, moving from car to car, and/or tries door handles.
6. A person looking into windows of homes, or forcibly entering a car or home.
7. A person running from a home for no apparent reason, especially at night.
8. A person carrying/transporting unusual/valuable objects, day or night.
9. A person sells/conducts business out of their car, van, truck, or other vehicle.
10. A vehicle drives around your block frequently, slowing down, speeding up.
11. A vehicle without lights on, arriving or leaving at night.
12. A person you don’t know offering candy or gifts to children.
13. A person leaving a neighbor’s house who isn’t the neighbor or someone you don’t recognize or in uniform.
Many activities can be considered suspicious. And, there could be reasonable explanations for some suspicious activities. By thinking things through, being observant and using commonsense, you will be able to make a good judgment about whether an activity is suspicious. Your role as a concerned citizen is to report whatever you think is wrong or suspicious.
When you call to report a suspicious activity, you will be asked for your name, address, and telephone number. This information is requested to verify records or in case additional contact becomes necessary.
TRY TO REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:
What happened? Time and place? Was anyone hurt?
Description of suspect(s)
Male or Female
Body Frame Size
Distinguishing Clothing (color of shirt, pants, shorts, sweater)
Scars, Tattoos, Glasses
Description of vehicle(s)
Make and Model
License Plate – Try to get at least partial of the first 3-4 characters
Distinguishing signs or text on the vehicle or bumper stickers
Any damage or rust that is visible
Last known direction of travel
Additional details and circumstances
If it is suspicious to you, it’s suspicious to the police. It is better to be safe than sorry.
In our neighborhood, the police don’t always know what is suspicious and what is not.
It is up to you to let the Police Department know when you see suspicious activity! Report it immediately!
Our neighbors are our best defense against crime! Refuse to be a victim!