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What Exactly is Suspicious Activity?

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    This from the Safe, inc. newsletter. What Exactly is Suspicious Activity? Part II in a series of articles on suspicious activities By Rob Mackenzie, SAFE
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      This from the Safe, inc. newsletter.

      What Exactly is Suspicious Activity?

      Part II in a series of articles on suspicious activities

      By Rob Mackenzie, SAFE Security Specialist

      Last month's article, "The Importance of Reporting Suspicious
      Activity" explained that timely reporting of suspicious activity to
      police is important as a preventive measure. This is because we are
      more likely to observe some suspicious activity associated with a
      crime rather than to witness the actual criminal act being
      committed - - - But witnesses are often reluctant to report
      suspicious activity because they are unsure it is actually associated
      with a crime. Let's discuss the nature of suspicious activity.

      Suspicion is an intuitive perception that something is wrong. You may
      first notice suspicious activity as something unusual, and possibly
      unsettling. If you sense danger, you should take action to avoid
      injury; which you may find yourself doing reflexively. A general
      example of suspicious activity might be a person looking for, or
      cultivating, opportunities to commit a crime. Usually the only way to
      fully confirm or negate a suspicion is for a police officer to check
      it out. The exception is when the witness sees further activity that
      develops into an obvious criminal act, or sees something else that
      provides justification for the activities witnessed.

      Two factors help to recognize suspicious activities: active awareness
      and familiarity with the locale. Area familiarity may include
      knowledge of the usual patterns of traffic, type and pace of
      activities, and the usual problem areas at different times within a
      given environment. This accumulated knowledge combined with the
      present context of our observation can help us to decrease or
      increase our level of suspicion. We can see why residents of a
      neighborhood are usually better equipped than are visitors and people
      passing through to recognize suspicious activity in the area.

      Two examples of suspicious activities:

      Person(s) meddling around the periphery of a property, looking into
      windows or yards, cars, etc. - - - - Potential Burglary
      Very high rate of human traffic in and out of a certain residence,
      especially at odd hours - - - - Possible drug or prostitution
      activity
      If you notice suspicious activities or a crime in progress, dial 9-1-
      1. For all other non-emergencies, dial (415) 553-0123.

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