If You See Something, Say Something
In September 2011, Florida Launched the state's "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign as a way to engage citizens, tourists and local communities in safeguarding our state.
Now, law enforcement is working to relaunch the campaign after recent terror attacks. Our goal is to remind our citizens to report suspicious activity to law enforcement.
It's easy to report suspicious information and reporting can be done anonymously
- Florida has a statewide toll-free hotline: 1-855-FLA-SAFE (1-855-352-7233)
- Submit an online reporting form, available on the FDLE website
- Call your local law enforcement agency
- Submit a tip on the free Hardee County Sheriff's Office mobile app, available on Google Play and the Apple App Store
What should you look for? When it comes to suspicious activity, remember it's not a particular type of person, it's a behavior.
Suspicious activity can come in a variety of forms:
- Unusual items or situations: For example, a vehicle is parked in an odd location, a package or luggage is unattended, a window or door is open when it's usually closed
- Someone eliciting information: A person questions individuals at a level beyond curiosity about a building's purpose, operations, security procedures or personnel and shift changes, for example
- Fixated observation or surveillance: Someone pays unusual attention to facilities or buildings beyond a casual or professional interest. This includes extended loitering without explanation (particularly in concealed locations), unusual, repeated or prolonged observation of a building, taking notes or measurements, counting paces, sketching floor plans, or using binoculars or a video camera to study a facility
- For businesses - monitor materials acquisition and storage: Acquisition or storage of unusual quantities of materials, such as cell phones, radio control toy controllers, fuel, chemicals, and timers, for example
The activities listed here are not all-inclusive, but have been compiled by the Department of Homeland Security based on studies of successful and thwarted terrorist events over several years.
Remember, when you report suspicious activity, give the most accurate description possible, including:
- a description of the activity
- the date, time and location of the activity
- physical identifiers of the person(s) involved
- a description of any vehicles
How to report suspicious activity:
- Remain calm
- Call 911 or the non-emergency number for the Hardee County Sheriff's Office, (863) 773-4144
- Give the call taker your name and address
- Please remain on the phone until you've reported all the necessary information, such as:
- Who - descriptions of suspect(s), victim(s) or vehicle(s)
- What - Explain the type of incident
- When - Time of incident
- Where - Location of incident