Maine Observes National "If You See Something, Say Something" Awareness Day September 25, 2018

 

September 25, 2018

 

AUGUSTA- Maine joins the Nation is observing National "If You See Something, Say Something" Awareness Day, which was designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign works with partners year-round to inspire, empower and educate the public on suspicious activity reporting. By designating a day to the campaign, the Department hopes to highlight the importance of suspicious activity reporting.

Maine law enforcement agencies and Maine Emergency Management Agency launched the campaign in 2016 with the LePage administration to reinforce Maine's commitment to fighting terrorism and violent crime.

"Maine has a small population, but we have a large geographic area to protect with 611 miles of international border and 3,000 miles of coastline," stated Governor Paul R. LePage. "The goal is to make sure all of our citizens are alert and paying attention to their surroundings. Most important, Mainers should report anything suspicious. We don't know when, where or by whom the next act of terrorism or other preventable event may strike, but we must be aware and understand the vital role citizens play in keeping our communities safe. We must be vigilant. If you see something, say something."

"Since the campaign launched two years ago in Maine, the importance of the message has become even more relevant given the number of terrorism and school violence threats the nation has faced in recent years," said MEMA Director Suzanne Krauss. "Homeland security is of the utmost importance in the state of Maine. Since 1999, more than $100 million has been distributed to enhance homeland security and all-hazard preparedness across the State."

What is considered suspicious activity?

  • Suspicious activity may include an unusual interest in gaining sensitive information about facility security, operations, or maintenance.

  • An unattended bag or backpack.

  • Suspicious purchases of items that could be used to construct an explosive device, including hydrogen peroxide, acetone, gasoline, propane, or ammonium nitrate fertilizers.

  • Theft of explosive materials.

  • Theft of security personnel uniforms or credentials

  • Attempted or unauthorized access to rooftops or other potentially sensitive areas.

  • Individuals acting suspiciously around the entrances to an event location.

  • Unusual or bulky clothing that is inconsistent with the weather.

What information should I report?

  • Who or what you saw

  • When you saw it

  • Where it occurred

  • Why it's suspicious

How Can You Play A Role on September 25?

  • Learn the indicators of terrorism-related suspicious activity.

  • Lead discussions with family, friends, and in your community about how to support the campaign and how they can play a role in keeping their community safe.

  • Test your awareness by taking The Challenge and encourage your friends to do the same. Take The Challenge Now!

 

Contact:

Susan Faloon
207-624-4400