Department of Public Safety

Identifying Suspicious Activity

Signs of behavior that might be suspicious:
  • A person trying to enter a residence without the proper access card.
  • A person running and looking about furtively, as if he or she were being watched or chased.
  • A person going door-to-door in an office building or residential area.
  • Any person forcibly entering a locked vehicle or building.
  • Transactions being conducted from vehicles, especially near schools or parks. You may be witnessing an illegal drug sale or sale of stolen property.
  • One or more persons sitting in a parked car closely scanning the area.
  • A person (especially a juvenile or female) being forced into a vehicle.
  • A person exhibiting unusual mental or physical symptoms.
  • Unusual noises, including gunshots, screaming, sounds of fighting, barking dogs, or anything suggesting foul play, danger, or illegal activity.

If you see suspicious activity in your building or on / in the vicinity of campus, IMMEDIATELY report it to Public Safety by providing the following information:
  • Person's last known location and direction of travel.
  • What made the person's actions suspicious?
  • Did the person say anything? If so, what?
  • Did the person appear intoxicated?
  • Were any weapons displayed or was there threat of a weapon?
  • Provide a description of the person including: Gender, race, age, height, weight, complexion, eye / hair color, facial hair, scars, and tattoos.

Don't assume someone else has called Public Safety. If person(s) involved in suspicious activity are in a vehicle, provide vehicle make, model, color and license plate number.

If you see something, SAY SOMETHING!


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