By Bill Christina
USAG Stuttgart Anti-Terroism Officer
August is Antiterrorism Month, and this way aim not to just raise our awareness of the threat of terrorism, but also to encourage regular vigilance and communication to report potential threats. Throughout the month there is a series of articles highlighting key points for increased awareness of goals, objectives and measures. Training seminars and videos are also part of this family-oriented outreach. Some videos are available from individual Army commands via YouTube.
What Activities Do I Report?
People drawing or measuring important buildings
Strangers asking questions about security forces or security procedures
A briefcase, suitcase, backpack or package left behind
Cars or trucks left in “No Parking” zones in front of important buildings
Intruders found in secure areas
A person wearing clothes that are too big and bulky and/or too hot for the weather
Chemical smells or fumes that worry you
Questions about sensitive information, such as building blueprints, security plans or VIP travel schedules without a right or need to know
Purchasing supplies or equipment that can be used to make bombs or weapons or purchasing uniforms without having the proper credentials
“If you see something, say something” is a common theme among the many agencies and websites when it comes to terrorism awareness, and that is being strongly emphasized in August.
The USAG Stuttgart Antiterrorism / Force Protection Cell reminds its’ readers, “Trust your instincts… if a behavior or activity makes you feel uncomfortable, REPORT IT!!” What kinds of behavior does USAG-S AT/FP mean? “People drawing or measuring important buildings” or “Strangers asking questions about security forces or security procedures” are two of the top indicators to be wary of… but, also included: “An unattended briefcase, suitcase, backpack, or package…Cars or trucks left in No Parking zones in front of important buildings Intruders found in secure areas…A person wearing clothes that are too big and bulky and/or too hot for the weather. Chemical smells or fumes that worry you …A person who is asking questions about sensitive information such as building blueprints, security plans, or VIP schedules without a right or need to know…”
These reminders may sound familiar; they are the same types of messages posted in airports, train stations, bus terminals, etc. Antiterrorism Awareness Month is designed to bring these reminders back into the spotlight, serving as a reminder that we live in times which require this added watchfulness.
“If you see something, say something!”
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