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BE ALERT! Anything that seems slightly "out of place" or is occurring at an unusual
time of day could be criminal activity. DO NOT ATTEMPT to apprehend a person
committing a crime or investigate a suspicious activity. Call the police or sheriff's
department immediately, and do not worry about being embarrassed if your
suspicions prove to be unfounded. Law enforcement officers would rather investigate
than be called when it is too late.
The following incidents may indicate possible criminal activity and should be reported:
- Continuous repair operations at a nonbusiness location;
- Open or broken doors and windows at a closed business or unoccupied residence
(burglary or vandalism);
- Unusual noises, such as gunshots, screaming, or dogs barking continuously (burglary,
assault, or rape);
- Sound of breaking glass (burglary or vandalism);
- A person exhibiting unusual mental or physical symptoms (person may be injured, under
the influence of drugs, or otherwise needed medical attention).
Time and accuracy are critical in reporting crime or suspicious events. Use your law
enforcement agency's emergency number to report life-threatening incidents or a
crime in progress, and use the non-emergency number for crimes that have already
occurred. Your call could save a life, prevent an injury, or stop a crime. The
information you provide will be kept confidential. You do not need to give your name,
although this is often helpful.
RECOGNIZING SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY