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Jun 03

If You See Something, Say Something ... Report Suspicious Activity

Posted to This blog is part of the City's Let's Talk Public Safety Program on June 3, 2019 at 8:21 AM by Deputy Aaron Scheller

Since its launch in July 2010, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s signature national campaign “If You See something, Say Something” has been widely embraced and adopted on a local level by communities nationwide.

The campaign’s call to action is simple: if you see something out of the ordinary or if you get a sense that a crime is about to occur in your neighborhood, place of work, or wherever you may be, immediately notify law enforcement.

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I wholeheartedly agree with the message behind this campaign – it is of critical importance that you report suspicious activity that may be indicative of a crime in progress or about to occur. When you call the Sheriff’s station, you should be prepared to succinctly describe what you saw, where and when you saw it and why it appears suspicious. The officer who takes your report will then ask you a series of questions to obtain more information – description of the individual(s), their mode of travel and direction, and any other details than can help deputies locate and apprehend the suspects.

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As a witness to the suspicious activity, the details you provide can sometimes be the key element to preventing or solving a crime.

On a separate but related note, it is just as important you notify the Sheriff’s department if you are victimized or your property is vandalized, damaged or stolen.

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Filing a report with the Sheriff’s department increases the likelihood law enforcement officers will find and arrest the crime perpetrator(s) and recover the stolen property.

Beyond that, all crime reports filed with law enforcement agencies become part of a statewide database that provide a statistical snapshot depicting what types of crime are happening, where, and how often.

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Statistical data generated from these collective crime reports is one of the tools the City uses as part of its crime suppression and prevention efforts. Among other things, this data helps staff determine the most effective allocation of resources and deployment of suppression patrols around town.

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As always, thanks for subscribing to Safety Speak. Leaflets with safety tips, including one about recognizing and reporting suspicious activity can be found on the City website. I encourage to download them, read them, and share them with family members and friends.

Also, if you have any public safety-related questions or concerns you want to share with the City or our local sheriff’s station, or if you have suggestions for topics to cover in this blog, be sure to let me know using the Ask a Deputy feature.