“Protect Your Every Day” is no longer just a slogan. It’s turning into a way of life now, not by choice mind you, but rather by necessity. I learned many years ago that it’s a waste of time to worry about, or fixate on things over which I have no control. I need to spend time on understanding how certain events potentially affect or impact me and my family, what parts I may have some control over, and then determine what I need to do to protect us from any harm.
“If You See Something, Say Something” is built on a foundation of educating ourselves to recognize and report suspicious activity or behaviors that look out-of-place within our current environment.
Suspicious activity can consist of suspicious behavior or a suspicious situation. Examples of suspicious activity would include:
- Seeing an unattended backpack in a densely-populated common area or public place
- Seeing a person attempt to break into a secure or restricted area
- Recognizing a behavior that a person may find indicative of criminal activity or terrorism.
- Noticing unusual items or situations like a vehicle in a place where vehicles don’t normally belong, an unattended package in an abnormal location, windows/doors are open but should be (or are normally) locked.
- Having someone ask you a lot of questions about your building, such as” What do you do in there? What time do you all leave? Do you have security? What kind?” Or, noticing a person taking a lot of pictures from different angles may warrant having law enforcement check them out.
In the next post, I’ll share more easy-to-remember tips and indicators of suspicious activities that may warrant you making a call.
Until then… B-Aware! B-Safe!
Jim Raley is a Loss Control Consultant at Bouchard Insurance. Jim specializes in helping clients reduce loss exposures by evaluating their safety management systems, conducting research, data analysis, and providing guidance intended to improve their risk profile. | Connect on LinkedIn