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Why Report Suspicious Activity?

We all play a role in protecting our community, but no one knows what goes on in your neighborhood better than you. You may see things or hear things that seem out of the ordinary and may indicate suspicious or illegal conduct. Law enforcement officials in Colorado often rely on the instincts and perceptions of citizens to detect activity that is out of the ordinary. Prompt reporting of suspicious activities can help prevent violent crimes or even terrorist attacks.

The following are some activities that might be considered suspicious:

  • Eliciting Information
    • Questioning individuals at a level beyond mere curiosity about particular facets of a facility’s or building’s purpose, operations, security procedures, etc., that would arouse suspicion in a reasonable person.
  • Testing or Probing Security
    • Deliberate interactions with, or challenges to, installations, personnel, or systems that reveal physical, personnel or cyber security capabilities.
  • Unusual Photography
    • Taking pictures or video of facilities, buildings, or infrastructure in a manner that would arouse suspicion in a reasonable person. Examples include taking pictures or video of infrequently used access points, personnel performing security functions (patrols, badge/vehicle checking), security-related equipment (perimeter fencing, security cameras), etc.
  • Observation/Surveillance
    • Demonstrating unusual interest in facilities, buildings, or infrastructure beyond mere casual or professional (e.g. engineers) interest such that a reasonable person would consider the activity suspicious. Examples include observation through binoculars, taking notes, attempting to measure distances, etc.
  • Materials Acquisition/Storage
    • Acquisition and/or storage of unusual quantities of materials such as cell phones, pagers, fuel, chemicals, toxic materials, and timers, such that a reasonable person would suspect possible criminal activity.
  • Acquisition of Expertise
    • Attempts to obtain or conduct training in security concepts; military weapons or tactics; or other unusual capabilities that would arouse suspicion in a reasonable person.
  • Weapons Discovery
    • Discovery of unusual amounts of weapons or explosives that would arouse suspicion in a reasonable person.
  • Sector-Specific Incident
    • Actions associated with a characteristic of unique concern to specific sectors (such as the public health sector), with regard to their personnel, facilities, systems or functions.

While many of the listed activities can be conducted for perfectly harmless reasons.  When reporting suspicious activity look for facts or circumstances that support your suspicions.

Reporting Suspicious Activity