Interim Police Chief Kenneth Fong and the Bedford Police Department would like to remind residents that they can help keep their community safe by recognizing and reporting suspicious activity as part of the national “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign, which is also part of National Preparedness Month.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign is designed to help raise public awareness of the indicators of terrorism and related crime, and how to report suspicious activity to appropriate law enforcement agencies.
Sunday, Sept. 25 is National “If You See Something, Say Something” Awareness Day. On this day, DHS and its campaign partners come together to remind the public of the importance of paying attention to your surroundings and reporting suspicious activity.
The campaign has identified indicators of terrorism-related suspicious activity. These include, but are not limited to, unusual items or situations, eliciting information, and observation/surveillance. Any of these activities could be innocent, but police are ultimately responsible for determining whether the behavior should be further investigated.
If you see suspicious activity, report it to law enforcement and describe specifically what you observed, including:
- Who and/or what you saw;
- When you saw it;
- Where it occurred; and
- Why it’s suspicious
Community members are reminded to only report suspicious behavior and situations. Factors such as race, ethnicity, and/or religious affiliation are not suspicious.
To report suspicious activity, call 911.
For more information on the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign, click here.