The 5 W's to remember when reporting suspicious activity

What is happening?

Who is doing it?

Where is it taking place?

When did you observe it?

Why are you suspicous?


Recognize a Problem

It can be hard to pinpoint exactly what makes a situation suspicious. But you can be on the lookout for certain clues that something is wrong:

A suspicious person may be someone who is:

  • demonstrating unusual interest in facilities, buildings or infrastructure beyond mere casual or professional interest;
  • dressed in oversize clothing that appears to be concealing something; and 
  • not wearing company ID in a facility where a visible badge is required.

A suspicious activity may be a person who is:

  • photographing, recording or sketching the exterior of a facility that would arouse suspicion beyond of a reasonable person;
  • claiming to be a delivery person, contractor, law enforcement officer, reporter or service technician without proper identification;
  • questioning individuals at a level beyond mere curiosity about particular facets of a facility; 
  • asking specific questions about key personnel;
  • testing security interactions with or challenges to installations, personnel or systems that reveal physical , personnel or cyber security capabilities; and
  • attempting to obtain or conduct training in security concepts or other unusual capabilities (military weapons or tactics).

A suspicious item or vehicle that may have: 

  • any unattended bag, box, container, luggage or package in a public or general area of the facility;
  • an unidentifiable object with visible wires, antennas, batteries, timing devices, pipes with the ends covered, etc.; and 
  • an unusual amounts of weapons or explosives. 


Fusion Centers

On November 22, 2011, Governor Tom Corbett designated the Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center (PaCIC) as the primary All-Hazards Fusion Center for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As such, PaCIC coordinates the intake, processing and dissemination of intelligence and analysis concerning all threats and hazards to the Commonwealth. 


Be Prepared for a Problem

        Citizens can prepare for any emergency from a terrorist attack to a natural disaster in three easy steps.

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