Indiana safety officials urge public to report suspicious activity


Local public safety officials are urging Hoosiers to be vigilant about reporting suspicious activities in the state.

John Hill, executive director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, reminded the public of the national "see something, say something" initiative for public safety, in light of the deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon.

"Citizen awareness is one of the best partners we have against manmade crises," said Hill. "We need the average person to know that their input is critical to preventing violent situations. Do not feel embarrassed for reporting anything out of the ordinary."

Officials said with many major public events happening in Indianapolis in the coming weeks, it is important to be vigilant in monitoring and reporting suspicious activities.

A survey released this week showed 56 percent of Americans said they hadn't heard of the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign headed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. However, 57 percent of Americans said they would be willing to meet with Homeland Security or local officials to report suspicious activity.

Reporting suspicious activity

To report suspicious activity, contact on-site security, local law enforcement's non-emergency line or the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center at 1-877-226-1026. If violence is imminent, call 9-1-1.

When reporting suspicious behavior, it is important to take note of several key details. When and where you witnessed the behavior and any description of individuals involved such as gender, age, physical description and unique characteristics. Also take note of any vehicles involved, make and model of the vehicle, and its direction of travel.

Examples of suspicious activity include monitoring personnel, testing security, unusual or prolonged interest in security measures, or purposely placing objects in sensitive areas to observe response. For example, a person taking photos at a high profile event is not unusual in itself, but if that person is only taking photos of security cameras or personnel, that activity would be suspicious.