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If You See Something, Say Something

Post Date:01/06/2019 2:00 PM

It's easy to take for granted the routine moments in our every day like going to work or school, running into the grocery store or stopping at the gas station. Your day is filled with moments that make it uniquely yours. So, if you see something that shouldn't be there, or someone's behavior doesn't seem quite right, say something. Only you know what’s supposed to be in your everyday.

Reporting suspicious activity has the potential to prevent a crime, reduce violence, minimize victimization, save a life and improve the overall quality of life. Suspicious activities can refer to incidents, events, individuals or circumstances that seem unusual or out of place, including:

  • A stranger loitering in your neighborhood;
  • A vehicle cruising the streets repeatedly;
  • Someone peering into cars or windows;
  • A high volume of traffic going to and coming from a residence on a daily basis;
  • Someone loitering around schools, parks or secluded areas;
  • Strange odors coming from a house or building;
  • Open or broken doors and windows at a closed business or unoccupied residence;
  • Someone tampering with electrical, gas or sewer systems without an identifiable company vehicle or uniform;
  • Sounds of breaking glass, gunshots, screaming or fighting;
  • Someone not known in the neighborhood removing license plates or loading valuables into vehicles from a residence;
  • A briefcase, suitcase, backpack, or package left behind;
  • Intruders in secure areas where they are not supposed to be;
  • Someone tampering with electrical, gas or water, sewer or storm drain systems without an identifiable company vehicle or uniform.

To report suspicious activity, contact the Communications Center at (408)615-5580 and provide the following:

  • Who or what you saw;
  • When you saw it;
  • Where it occurred; and
  • Why it's suspicious.

Emergencies should be reported by calling 9-1-1. Remember, Call if You Can, Text if You Can't!  Text to 9-1-1 is ideal for residents who cannot safely dial 9-1-1 in a dangerous situation, those who are deaf/hard of hearing or have a speech disability.

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