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It can be hard to know just what "something suspicious" looks like. But you know the world around you - the things that you see every day. And you'll notice if something seems a little strange, out of place or just not quite right.

IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

Never spy on or pry into your neighbors' affairs or property, but do keep your eyes open, like in a neighborhood watch.

  • Strange or abandoned vehicles on the side of the road.
  • Service vehicles in front of houses where that type of service isn't taking place.
  • People you don't recognize "hanging around" your neighborhood for long periods of time.
  • People videotaping or using surveillance equipment like binoculars.
  • Unauthorized personnel around power lines, poles, transformer boxes, sewers, storm drains, gas lines or other utility equipment.

IN THE WORKPLACE

If something doesn't look like "business as usual" don't hesitate to check with your boss or security personnel.

  • Packages, bags or boxes left unattended in public areas like a lobby or parking garage.
  • Unexpected or odd-looking packages mailed to your place of business.
  • People you don't recognize entering unauthorized areas.
  • Anyone tampering with surveillance cameras, safety systems, machinery or other sensitive equipment.
  • Exposed wiring, leaks, strange smells or other signs of potential tampering.

DURING YOUR COMMUTE

Stay alert around buses, trains, bridges and roadways. If something doesn't look right, tell the nearest authority or transit employee.

  • Bags, boxes or other packages left unattended on buses and trains, in stations or on train tracks.
  • People entering unauthorized areas at train or bus stations.
  • Exposed wiring, leaks, strange smells or other signs of potential tampering on buses and trains.
  • People videotaping, sketching or taking notes on transit equipment or facilities.
  • Placing a package or luggage in a different compartment than the one being occupied.
  • People who stay at bus or train stations for long periods without getting on.

OTHER SOMETHINGS THAT MIGHT BE SUSPICIOUS

  • Strange vehicles left unattended near busy areas or under bridges.
  • Strange packages left unattended in malls, parking garages, stadiums, theaters or other crowded public places.
  • People wearing oversized clothing for their body type or excessively bulky clothing in hot weather.
  • Anyone abandoning an item behind and leaving the area quickly.
  • People wearing a uniform but not appearing to be involved in an appropriate activity.
  • Strange chemical smells.

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING.

Tell the nearest authority or call the statewide Homeland Security Tip Line: 866-HLS-TIPS (866-457-8477). If you think it's an emergency, call 9-1-1.