See Something, Say Something
We all play a role in keeping our community safe. By paying attention to your surroundings and reporting suspicious activity to authorities, you can help keep Arlington safe!
Suspicious activity is any observed behavior that could indicate terrorism or terrorism-related crime. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Unusual items or situations: A vehicle is parked in an odd location, a package/luggage is unattended, a window/door is open that is usually closed, or other out-of-the-ordinary situations occur.
- Eliciting information: A person questions individuals at a level beyond curiosity about a building’s purpose, operations, security procedures and/or personnel, shift changes, etc.
- Observation/surveillance: Someone pays unusual attention to facilities or buildings beyond a casual or professional interest. This includes extended loitering without explanation (particularly in concealed locations); unusual, repeated, and/or prolonged observation of a building (e.g., with binoculars or video camera); taking notes or measurements; counting paces; sketching floor plans, etc. Some of these activities could be innocent—it’s up to law enforcement to determine whether the behavior warrants investigation.
Think about what you have seen.
- Does the suspicious object/behavior create concern about the potential for harm to the community?
- Would this information be useful to law enforcement?
- Does it trigger personal instinct?
- Do others nearby agree that “something just isn’t right”?
To report suspicious activity, call 703-558-2222 , and be specific:
- Who or what you saw
- When you saw it
- Where it occurred; and
- Why it’s suspicious.
As in all cases, if there’s an emergency, call 9-1-1.