Reporting Suspicious Activity
The iWATCH NYNG Terrorism Tips Hotline was implemented in 2011. It enables New York National Guard (NYNG) members and employees throughout the State to report information about suspicious activities that may be related to suspect terrorist activity in a timely manner to the appropriate law enforcement or intelligence agencies.
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Why Report Suspicious Activity?
It is your awareness reported to local law enforcement that can help predict and prevent attacks before they happen.
Over 80% of the thwarted terrorist plots since 9/11 have been the result of suspicious activity reporting by common citizens. This fact indicates that an increased vigilance is our best and most cost effective measure to defend our Nation, State and NYNG forces.
It is always better to report suspicious behaviors that to refrain from doing so.
The iWATCH NYNG program is about behaviors and activities, not individuals.
What activities do I report?
Here are examples of behaviors and activities to 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 lieft 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 proper credentials.
“There’s a chemical smell coming from my neighbor’s apartment.”
“I saw someone taking measurements. I don’t want to get them in trouble. What should I do?” (This activity may be repeated at other locations and you may be reporting one piece of the puzzle.)
“Maybe someone just forgot their briefcase on the bus.” (Do not check it yourself. It may be a test.)
“I saw someone watching our offices, and the next day my co-worker was asked a lot of questions about our building by someone else.” (Do not check it yourself. It may be a test.)
Unsure what to do?
Let the experts decide!
Important Places to Watch
- Unit Headquarters
- Armories / Armed Forces Readiness Centers
- Installation access points
- Recruiting centers
- Amusement parks
- Sports / entertainment venues
- Yellow ribbon reintegration events
- Recreation centers
- Religious facilities
- Barracks, lodging facilities
- Mass gatherings-parades, fairs, etc
- Schools, libraries, day care centers
- Public transportation
- Commissary, PX, gas station, bank
What Should I Report?
Give as many details as you can. Here is a checklist to help you:
- The date and time
- Where it happened
- What you witnessed
- A Description of who was involved
- Male or Female?
- How tall?
- Hair color, skin color, age?
- English speaking or another language?
- Was there a car? Note the license plate number
- Have you seen this activity in your neighborhood before?
Trust Your Instincts
We rely on our senses every day of our lives. If a behavior or activity makes you feel uncomfortable, report it!
Here are some examples of suspicious activities reported by concerned individuals that saved lives:
A video store clerk saw anti-American material on a DVD he was asked to copy. Police captured and arrested individuals planning an attack against a military installation.
If it doesn’t LOOK right, report it!
A grandmother smelled bad odors from a neighboring apartment and noticed that the empty apartment was frequented by various people. Police discovered a poison gas factory.
If it doesn’t SMELL right, report it!
Residents were concerned with a person’s death threats of violence. Police captured and arrested a group planning a subway attack.
If it doesn’t SOUND right, report it!
How Do I Report?
There are four (4) ways to report:
- Call your local law enforcement agency if you able to then complete the Suspicious Activity Reporting form and submit it directly to the DMNA ATFP branch.
- Call the New York State Terrorism Tip Line toll-free, and then complete the Suspicious Activity Reporting form and submit it directly to the DMNA ATFP branch.
- In New York State by dialing 1-866-SAFENYS or 1-866-723-3697.
- In New York City, residents should call the New York City Police Department's hotline, 1-888-NYCSAFE or 1-888-692-7233.
- Contact the DMNA JFHQ ATFP branch directly at Commercial (518) 786-4650/4499 or DSN 489-4650/4499 and we will advise you.
- In an emergency call 911 or your local emergency number.
All information will be kept confidential. Tips reported will be cross-referenced through federal, State, and local databases. All tips will be investigated thoroughly. Information submitted will be carefully assessed and, if warranted, investigated by trained investigators. All information gathered and all investigation activity will be subject to strict policies designed to protect the privacy and civil liberties of American citizens while protecting or Nation from terrorism.