Reporting Suspicious Activity

Reporting Suspicious Activity

WICHITA FALLS, TX

With the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels the Texas Department of Public Safety is urging residents to be vigilant and observant by reporting suspicious activity.
            “Now with our stance on terrorism we definitely want to look out for our communities and be safe,” said Trooper Dan Buesing.
He said DPS is doing this with the help of residents, especially when it comes to criminal and terroristic activity.
Trooper Buesing encourages Texomans to report any suspicious activity at www.iwatchtexas.org.
The website will ask you to describe the situation and provide a date, time and location.
Suspicious activity includes:

-Strangers asking questions about building security features and procedures.

-Briefcase, suitcase, backpack or package is left behind.

-Cars or trucks are left in no-parking zones at important buildings.

-Chemical smells or fumes that are unusual for the location.

-People requesting sensitive information, such as blueprints, security plans or VIP travel schedules, without a need to know.

-Purchasing supplies that could be used to make bombs or weapons, or purchasing uniforms without having the proper credentials.

-Taking photographs or videos of security features, such as cameras or checkpoints.


DPS Troopers said these situations are usually seen, but not reported.
However, many Texomans said if they see suspicious activity they will speak up.
Mitch McLaughlin is a public educator and takes these situations very seriously.
            “Report any suspicious activity even if it's not anything that is bad. It’s better to be safe than sorry,” said McLaughlin
Roger Wade Beam agrees.

             “We need to remain vigilant i know there's a lot of talk about profiling, but you know if you see somebody and they look suspicious you need to report it regardless of their race, ethnicity or any of that,” said Beam.

Trooper Buesing said if you are unsure about reporting a certain activity, call your local DPS office or police department and they will come and check out the situation.
Although if it is an emergency call 911.

DPS urges residents who see something unusual to simply speak up.

To report suspicious activity visit www.iwatchtx.org. To remain anonymous contact DPS at 1-866-786-5972.

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