U.S. authorities warned to stay vigilant
As the political conventions and Labor Day approach, keep your eyes open. That’s the message the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are sending to law enforcement and first responders as a part of DHS’ Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative.
Large public gatherings of people around holidays and at National Special Security Events are of particular concern. NSSEs are national or international occasions judged by the DHS to be potential targets for terrorism or other criminal activity.
Not only does the warning address big public events, it also mentions suspicious behaviors and break-ins that have occurred across the country.
Among the examples reported is a man, in an unidentified city, who was wearing black, a headlamp and carrying tools. He was caught on video surveillance trying to break into a manhole. The manhole is used by water, sewer and telephone company personnel.
Other cases included people conducting surveillance on movie theaters and a man caught on video on a mobile phone getting instructions on how to crack the code to a fire-station door. According to the bulletin, he got in and stole valuable equipment.
I am vigilant about “other criminal activity”, but the police won’t show up when they’re called!!! So, if the druggies come back and play statue in my yard again, maybe I’d get a quick response from the FBI if I called their office instead of the city police. Not gonna do it, but hey.