8 Signs of Terrorism
Terrorist operations usually begin with extensive planning and can happen anytime, anywhere, but you can help detect and prevent terrorism by watching out for suspicious activities and by reporting them to the proper authorities. Be alert for the eight signs of terrorism!
Surveillance: Terrorists may conduct surveillance to determine a target’s strengths and weaknesses. Be aware of someone who appears to be monitoring security personnel or equipment, or gaging emergency response time. Suspicious activities may include using vision enhancing devices or cameras, acquiring floor plans or blueprints, drawing diagrams and showing interest in security and access to facilities.
Elicitation: People or organizations attempting to gain information about military operations, capabilities, or people. Elicitation attempts may be made by mail, email, telephone, in person or even by gaining employment at the location.
Tests of Security: Any attempt to measure reaction times to security breaches, attempts to penetrate physical security barriers, or monitor procedures in order to assess strengths and weaknesses.
Funding: Terrorists need to raise money for their operations and spend it in a way that doesn’t draw attention. Be aware of unusually large transactions paid with cash or gift cards, collections for donations and solicitations for money.
Supplies: To conduct an attack, terrorists may need a variety of supplies, such as weapons, uniforms, badges, and communication systems.
Impersonation: Terrorists may impersonate law enforcement officers, firefighters, mail carriers, or company employees to gain information. Someone who seems suspicious in what they say or do on the job could be a red flag.
Rehearsal: Terrorists often rehearse a planned attack to make sure their operation runs smoothly. This may include measuring response time by emergency responders, mapping routes and determining the timing of traffic lights.
Deployment: This is when terrorists are putting their plans into place, getting into position, and moving equipment and supplies. If you observe this type of activity, this is your last chance to alert authorities before the attack is launched. If you believe there is imminent danger, call 911 immediately.