Would You Recognize a Terrorist? Here are Tips

Ohio Homeland Security asks public to stay aware


Ohio Homeland Security is asking the public to stay aware of suspicious people and actions to help detect and prevent terrorist activity.

The agency's request: "If You See Something, Say Something." Call Ohio Homeland Security at 1-877-OHS-INTEL or -- for emergencies -- call 911.

Reports from residents "play a vital role in countering terrorism and crime," a news release from Ohio Homeland Security said.

Some examples of unusual activities that should cause a heightened sense of suspicion:

• Monitoring personnel or vehicles entering/leaving facilities or parking area

• Burns on body, missing finger(s) or hand, bloody clothing, bleached body hair or bright colored stains on clothing; switch or wires concealed in hand, clothing or backpack

• Unusual or prolonged interest in the following: security measures or personnel; security cameras; entry points and access controls; perimeter barriers (fences/walls); unattended train or bus

• Purposely placing objects (e.g., packages, luggage, vehicles) in sensitive or vulnerable areas to observe security responses

• Individuals or actions which are out of place for their surroundings (e.g., over or underdressed for the weather)

• Unusual, vague, or cryptic threats, warnings, or comments about harming others

Some of these activities, taken individually, could be innocent and must be examined by law enforcement professionals in a larger context to determine where there is a basis to investigate.

The activities outlined above are by no means all inclusive, but have been compiled from a review of terrorist events over several years.



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