Jackson Township
Cambria County, Pennsylvania  

Terrorism Awareness & Prevention

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Suspicious Activity

What Defines Suspicious Activity?

Checklist # 1 - Suspicious Person (s)
1. An unidentified individual observed loitering near a facility or in the lobby of a facility for an extended period of time.

2. An unidentified individual observed wandering throughout a facility.

3. An unidentified individual dressed in oversized or inappropriate clothing (e.g.-a long heavy coat in warm weather) that appears to be conceal something.

4. An unidentified individual entering a facility carrying an oversized backpack or a large suitcase.

5. An individual in a facility with no visible company issued identification.

6. An individual who, when challenged by a supervisor or an employee, does not respond or does not provide a reasonable explanation for his/her actions.

7. An unidentified individual asking specific questions about your facility (e.g., security related matters, etc.).

8. An unidentified individual asking questions about key agency personnel (e.g., their normal arrival or departure times, their vehicle, location of their parking space, etc.).

9. An unidentified individual trying to deliver a package or other item to an office or to a specific person.

10. An unidentified individual observed photographing, videotaping and/or sketching the exterior or interior of any state facility.

11. An individiaul without proper identification entering your facility claiming to be a contractor, law enforcement officer, reporter or a service technician.

Checklist # 2 - Suspicious Activity
1. Two or more unidentified individuals observed loitering near a facility or in the lobby of a facility.

2. Individuals or groups who are uncooperative if challenged by a representative of that company/security or an employee.

3. Individuals or groups who appear at your facility without prior notification or clearance and claim to be contractors or service technicians.

4. Unidentified individuals attempting to deliver packages or other items to an office or to a specific person.

5. Unidentified individuals attempting to remove property from an office or a facility without proper authorization.

6. Unidentified individuals who appear to be conducting surveillance of a facility (e.g., sitting in a vehicle for an extended period of time and/or taking photographs or videotaping, etc.).

7. An unidentified individual observed placing an object or a package outside a facility and departing the area.

Checklist # 3 - Suspicious Items Or Vehicles
1. Any unattended backpacks, boxes, containers, luggage and/or packages in an elevator, hallway, lobby, restroom, snack bar or stairwell of your facility.

2. Any item that could be an improvised explosive device (e.g., items with visible wires, antennas, batteries, timing devices, metal or plastic pipe with each end capped or covered, etc.). NOTE: Untrained personnel should not examine or move a possible improvised explosive device (IED); the immediate area must be cleared pending the arrival of bomb squad personnel.

3. Rental vehicles/trailers parked near a facility, parked at or near the loading dock, or located in the parking lot without prior authorization.

4. Any vehicle that appears to be overloaded or has any substance leaking from it.

5. Any vehicle parked illegally or parked at an unusual location.

6. Any type of vehicle that appears to be abandoned (e.g., inspection sticker expired or missing, registration plate expired or missing, etc.).

Reporting Procedures
1. If you observe a suspicious person or persons, a suspicious item or a suspicious vehicle, you should immediately report the information to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

2. Non-emergency tips should be called immediately in to 1-888-292-1919 (toll free) or emailed to sp-intelligence@state.pa.us.

3. For an emergency or an imminent event immediately report it to 911 or the local law enforcement agency if known.

4. You should be prepared to provide your name, location, and call back number.

5. You should be prepared to explain exactly what type of emergency is being reported.

6. You should be prepared to stay on the line with the call taker and to answer the call taker's questions to the best of his/her ability; the call taker should terminate the call.

7. You might be requested to meet with the first responder to answer his/her questions and to direct the officer to the correct location.

What Details To Know When Reporting


Hair, Scars, Eyes, Color of Skin, Facial Hair, Sex, Activity, Hat, Shirt, Jacket, Pants, Shoes, Age?


Kind Of Vehicle
Car, 2 door, 4 door, sports car, convertible, hard top, Jeep, off-road?
Camper, style on the back of a pick-up?
Van, station wagon, windowed or solid sides?
Truck, small pick up, large pick up, flat bed, stake truck, boxed cargo truck

Single color, two colors?
Color and shade of that Color (Blue, Midnight Blue, Powder Blue, Aqua Blue)?
Window tinting, rear and /or side windows, color of tint?

Ford, Chevrolet, Mercury, Olds, Buick, Plymouth, Chrysler, Dodge, Honda, Toyota,
Nissan, Isuzu, Mazda, BMW, Mercedes, Volvo, Fiat, Volkswagen? Perhaps you can only describe it as domestic or foreign - that's ok.

Bronco, Mustang, Thunderbird, Taurus, Colt, Camry, Cutlass, Civic?

If you know the year, great. If you don't, was it new, nearly new, a few years old, several years old, really a wreck?

Other Features
Any identifying bumper stickers, dents, bullet holes, broken windows?
Did it have a cellular phone or CB?
Was it lowered or raised from the standard production model?
Was it damaged in any way? Bullet holes? Been in a crash?

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