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 Learn to recognize the difference between normal and abnormal behavior. It can be a fine line. Stay alert in your daily travels and routines and get to know:
  • Who your neighbors are
  • What cars are normally in your neighborhood
  • Who regularly makes deliveries at work and in your neighborhood
Staying alert is NOT about becoming paranoid. Staying alert is being aware of one’s surroundings. Be alert to indications of possible trouble.

The following should cause a heightened sense of suspicion:
  • suspicious or unusual interest
  • surveillance (suspicious in nature)
  • inappropriate photographs or videos
  • note-taking
  • drawing of diagrams
  • annotating maps
  • using binoculars or night vision devices
Unusual or suspicious activity does not necessarily mean that terrorist activity is happening, but be aware of the following suspicious behaviors:
  • Individuals acting furtively and suspiciously
  • Individuals avoiding eye contact
  • Individuals departing quickly when seen or approached
  • Individuals in places they don’t belong
  • A strong odor coming from a building or vehicle
  • An overloaded vehicle
  • Fluid leaking from a vehicle, other than the engine or gas tank
  • Over dressed for the type of weather 
Terrorists, when not acting alone, need to meet with their conspirators and often times work within a cell. Pay attention to visitors and guests that
  • arrive and leave at unusual hours
  • try not to be noticed
  • act in a suspicious manner
  • park an unusual distance from the meeting
  • have an unusual number of unrelated people living together
  • Not all people who maintain privacy are terrorists. But people intent on doing illegal acts want to be left alone.
Some signs that may raise your suspicions.
  • they only let you into the apartment or house with plenty of prior notice
  • they change the locks often
  • they keep certain rooms off limits
  • they cover tables and other pieces of furniture
  • they never allow maid service in a hotel room
  • they only take hotel room service outside the door
  • they only accept deliveries at the hotel’s front desk or outside a closed door
Deliveries are a common method for terrorists to carry out their attacks. Be aware of:
  • a vehicle with hazardous material parked or driving in an inappropriate area
  • unusual deliveries of chemicals or fertilizer
  • unattended bags or boxes in a public access place
  • fire extinguishers that may have been moved or tampered with
  • unusual or unexpected mail
 Additional suspicious activity may include:
  • Someone bragging or talking about plans to harm citizens in violent attacks or who claims membership in a terrorist organization that espouses killing innocent people.
  • Suspicious packages, luggage, or mail that have been abandoned in a crowded place like an office building, an airport, a school, or a shopping center.
  • Suspicious letter or package that arrives in your mailbox. (Stay away from the letter or package and don’t shake, bump or sniff it; wash hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Someone suspiciously exiting a secured, non-public area near a train or bus depot, airport, tunnel, bridge, government building, or tourist attraction.
  • Any type of activity or circumstance that seems frightening or unusual within the normal routines of your neighborhood, community, and workplace.
  • Someone unfamiliar loitering in a parking lot, government building, or around a school or playground.
  • Anyone asking a lot of questions ‹ especially concerning routes or loads or drop-off times.
  • Recruiters should be alert for unusual employment applications. Don’t assume it couldn’t be an inside job.
  • A trucker returning to his or her vehicle from a restaurant or truck stop should make sure no one is loitering around the truck. Watch out for walk-arounds. 

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