Wednesday, November 18, 2015

If You See Something, Say Something™

Abingdon Police Department

For Immediate Release

If You See Something, Say Something™

Abingdon, VA is a great place to live and work. Let’s keep it safe by being aware of our surroundings, using common sense, and reporting questionable objects or activity to the proper local law enforcement authorities. This means If You See Something, Say Something™.

If You See Something, Say Something™ is a national anti-terrorism public awareness campaign that emphasizes the importance of reporting questionable activity to law enforcement authorities. Funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), the national campaign has expanded to reach states, counties, and cities.

An alert public plays a critical role in keeping our community safe. Remember to use common sense and good judgment if you see something that does not look right.

The following are a few examples to help you identify a questionable object or activity:

  • ·         An unattended bag, briefcase or box in a public venue
  • ·         Cars or trucks left in No Parking Zones in front of important buildings or venues
  • ·         Someone drawing or measuring important buildings
  • ·         Strangers asking questions about security or building security procedures
  • ·         The purchase of supplies or equipment that can be used to make bombs or weapons
  • ·         Unusual smells or smoke that worries you

Reporting to the authorities is simple. Be prepared to describe specifically what was observed, including:

  • ·         Who and what you saw, with a detailed description of suspects and vehicles
  • ·         When you observed the activity
  • ·         Where it occurred
  • ·         Why you believe it is suspicious

For imminent threats, always call 911. Otherwise, call the Abingdon Police Department at 276-628-3111 or Washington County, VA Dispatch at 276-676-6277. Most importantly, do not take direct action, confront anyone, reveal your suspicions, or touch an object. Just contact the authorities.

For more information on the If You See Something, Say Something™ campaign, visit


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