The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has added an instructional video to its campaign urging citizens to report suspicious activity to local authorities.
The video is part of the "If You See Something, Say Something" public awareness campaign which seeks to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and violent crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper state and local law enforcement authorities, according to DHS.
The campaign was originally used by New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and DHS licensed use of the slogan for its anti-terrorism and anti-crime efforts. The latest effort is being launched in conjunction with a Department of Justice led program, the “Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative,” which is an administration-wide effort to develop, evaluate, and implement common processes and policies for gathering, documenting, processing, analyzing, and sharing information about terrorism-related suspicious activities, DHS says.
The DHS video includes different scenarios that illustrate possible suspicious activity—such as unattended bags and vehicles left behind in public places or someone trying to break into a restricted area—and what to do if such a situation is viewed. The video also says that race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious, and the public should report only suspicious behavior and situations rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations, or speech unrelated to terrorism or other criminal activity.