MSP: If you see something, say something
Published 6:40 pm Wednesday, March 23, 2016
The Michigan State Police (MSP) is asking Michiganders to be vigilant by looking out for any suspicious behavior or activity and notifying law enforcement immediately if they see something suspicious. There are no known threats to Michigan at this time, but the recent terrorism-related incident in Belgium serves as a reminder for residents and law enforcement to be prepared and remain alert.
“Every resident plays a role in keeping our communities safe and secure,” said F/Lt. Mike Dawson, Niles Post Commander. “If someone sees something that appears suspicious, out of place or just doesn’t seem right, they should immediately say something to law enforcement.”
Being vigilant can be as simple as paying more attention to where you are, knowing how to react if something happens and recognizing potential indicators of suspicious activity or behavior. For instance, when entering buildings and moving around a facility, remember where you are located, what floor you are on and determine the nearest emergency exits and stairwells.
Michiganders should be on the lookout for several indicators of suspicious activity, including:
• An unattended object or one that appears out of place, especially in crowded or public areas.
• Individuals exhibiting strange or abnormal behavior.
• Someone entering or exiting blocked or unauthorized areas.
• Individuals who quickly leave when seen or approached.
• A strong odor coming from a building or vehicle.
• Someone tampering or interfering with surveillance cameras.
• A vehicle that seems out of place.
• Someone taking photos, videos or drawings of high-profile or highly populated buildings or structures.
• Exposed wiring or other abnormalities.
If you see something suspicious, immediately call 9-1-1 for emergencies. For non-emergencies, suspicious activity can be reported to the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center by phone at 1-855-MICH-TIP (855-642-4847), online at www.michigan.gov/michtip or by contacting law enforcement directly.
For more information about spotting suspicious activity, go to www.michigan.gov/miready.