The nationwide "If You See Something, Say Something™" public awareness campaign – is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper local law enforcement authorities. The campaign was originally used by New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which has licensed the use of the slogan to DHS for anti-terrorism and anti-terrorism crime related efforts.
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If you see something suspicious taking place then report that behavior or activity to local law enforcement or in the case of emergency call 9-1-1. Factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious. For that reason, the public should report only suspicious behavior and situations (e.g., an unattended backpack in a public place or someone trying to break into a restricted area) rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations, or speech unrelated to terrorism or other criminal activity. Only reports that document behavior reasonably indicative of criminal activity related to terrorism will be shared with federal partners
DHS is working to expand “If You See Something, Say Something ™” throughout the country by partnering with a variety of entities including: transportation systems, universities, states, cities, sports leagues and local law enforcement.
If you are interested in establishing a partnership with DHS and the “If You See Something, Say Something™” Campaign, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information:
- The entity you represent
- Your name and contact information (email, phone)
- The city and state in which your entity is located
Do not report suspicious activity through this email address. Use this email address only to inquire about partnerships with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the “See Something, Say Something” TM campaign. All emails sent to this address not inquiring about such a partnership will be disregarded. To report suspicious activity, contact your local law enforcement agency or go to the National SAR Initiative. Any false information can subject the sender to fine, imprisonment, or both under Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 1001. If this is an emergency, call 9-1-1.