Monitoring Suspicious Activities & Items
Maintain a high level of awareness at all times. Monitor and
observe people, events, activities, and items around you and
take careful note of irregular or suspicious behaviors or
Look for people who:
Are not where they are supposed to be (restricted area,
Look lost and/or wandering around – especially at the
bus stop, on school grounds, or parking and maintenance
Appear to be conducting surveillance
(using video cameras, taking photos, etc.);
Cause disruptions or intentionally distracting behavior;
Show an unusual interest in employees or students;
Abandon an item and leave the area quickly;
Openly possess a weapon and/or prohibited or
dangerous item(s); and/or
Use a vehicle in a suspicious way (illegally parked,
erratic driving, following, etc.).
Identifying a suspect should not be based on national origin,
ethnicity, color, race, gender, or age.
Look for items or devices that:
Were abandoned by someone and left in the open;
Were abandoned and hidden;
Appear to be suspicious or dangerous, such as a canister,
tank, metal box, bottle, etc.;
Have an attached message;
Appear to be emitting a mist, gas, vapor or odor;
Seem to have seepage or leakage of suspicious substance;
Are connected to wires, timers, tanks or bottles; and/or
Appear to be the source of a foreign substance that is
causing people to cough, have trouble breathing, feel
nausea, lose consciousness, or exhibit any other medical
When reporting, make sure that information is accurate,
detailed, and pertinent. Providing proper authorities with
status of victims, indicators, and circumstances will assist
with the effectiveness and timeliness of responding party(ies).
Report site as accurately as possible.
Identify type of threat – observation, verbal, or
Describe suspicious behavior.
Describe suspicious device(s) with size, shape,
components (wires, batteries, clocks), color, locati