Doing your part in ensuring security and public safety
Police and security forces are hard at work but public safety is the responsibility of all Americans. We are the first line of defense against acts of terrorism on our country and each individual’s help is needed. All Americans need to be on alert for potential risks.
See Something, Say Something is an important mandate that we should all action on every day. The attempted car bombing in Times Square in 2010 was averted by the vigilance of a quick-thinking street vendor who witnessed smoke coming from an SUV and alerted police. This potentially saved hundreds of lives had the device functioned as it was nefariously intended.
The upcoming Big Game at MetLife Stadium creates a pressing need for the people of New York and New Jersey to be on alert. This event is a great opportunity for our region and we must all play a role in maintaining a safe and secure environment and reporting suspicious behavior.
Take Note of Suspicious Behavior
Suspicious activity can be defined as an incident, circumstance or person who appears out of the ordinary and out of place. A range of suspicious behavior includes the adult loitering alone in the children’s playground, or someone wandering down the street peering closely into car windows. A person taking lots of photographs of a building’s infrastructure is potentially suspicious as this person may be taking images to look for weaknesses in the building that can be exploited. Someone tampering with a utility that is not branded with an identifiable company or government agency is suspicious.
Hearing unusual sounds—glass breaking, people shouting, gun shots—all are clearly suspicious. Seeing a bag left by a passenger on a bus or in a public place and demands immediate action by alerting security or calling 911.
Record Suspicious Activity
Write down as much information about the suspicious behavior as possible, noting the time and place with a physical description of the suspicious person. If you are able to discreetly take a photo or video of the person from your phone, this could become important evidence. Minus photographic evidence, try to provide specific information to the authorities including gender, race, approximate age, height and weight, hair color and style, clothing, and general appearance including note of any facial hair, scars, tattoos or glasses.
Educate the Workplace
Even workplaces with a full-time security team need to involve their employees and promote the See Something, Say Something campaign. The security team cannot be in every hall way, office and production area at all times—but your employees are. It is the observations of many that can truly make an impact.
All employees should be educated on what constitutes suspicious activity and the importance of reporting it.
Establish Reporting Procedures in the Workplace
Determining the chain of command on reporting procedures for suspicious activity is important. When is it appropriate for employees to call the police? If an employee feels immediate attention is necessary, they should call 911. Does the level of activity warrant an initial investigation from your security firm or company manager? Establish guidelines and procedures that encourage reporting in your workplace.
Encourage your friends, neighbors and colleagues to be observant and vigilant on the job and even on their way to work. If there is a stray tote bag tucked under the bus or subway seat, report it to the local police. If a stranger walks into the office without having been identified by your front desk security personnel, ensure that is reported immediately. Vehicles abandoned in the right of way should also be reported to local authorities. These situations can be completely innocent, but they could also be very dangerous and are worth a call to the local police.
For more information on implementing a See Something, Say Something campaign in your workplace visit www.AlliedBarton.com/SeeSomethingSaySomething.
Steven Dentz is a Director of Business Development for AlliedBarton Security Services. He can be reached at email@example.com.