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Posted Feb. 16, 2018

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Fort Worth continues its population boom, with more than 850,000 people calling the city home. Most people know Fort Worth as a friendly, slow-paced, get-to-know-your-neighbor, let-the-kids-play-outside community — but others may see the city as a target, an opportunity to instill fear and hatred.

A violent act committed by a domestic or foreign terrorist, mentally unstable person or disgruntled former employee can happen anywhere, to anyone, at any time. Fort Worth is not immune to this threat. All you need to do is read the newspaper, listen to radio or television news reports or check the web to learn about events that were designed to spread fear and disrupt daily life.

Whether the act is committed on a street in a large metropolitan city, at a social get-together, a concert or a church in a small rural Texas town, the consequences are the same: innocent victims die or get injured, and communities are forever changed.

Fort Worth residents can help local authorities mitigate the possibility of a local terrorist act by reporting suspicious actions or behavior to local law enforcement agencies. You are the key. This is your city, you live here, you know what goes on in your neighborhood and you also know when something or someone is not normal. Do not try to explain away a feeling that something does not seem right. Report it to local law enforcement.

Examples of suspicious sightings or actions:

  • Abandoned bags, suitcases or packages in busy locations or public events.
  • Someone wearing heavy clothing or a coat not appropriate with the temperature.
  • Rants about retaliation on social media posts.
  • Threats in schools, workplaces and events.
  • Unusual activities by unknown people in the neighborhood, like someone attempting to conceal themselves by standing in the shadows or to the side of buildings.
  • Inquiries by unknown individuals about business or event entrance/exit locations, peak hours, shift changes, hours of operation.
  • Photography or discreet use of cameras or video equipment, sketching, monitoring or note taking at a business, transportation hub, venue or its operations.
  • Evidence of unauthorized access to secured locations (cut padlocks, open doors, gates or windows).
  • Abandoned vehicles parked near electrical substations, radio towers, busy public crosswalks or gatherings.
  • Newly placed or modified receptacles such as mailboxes, trash cans and dumpsters that could be used to conceal a bomb.

Help Fort Worth remain the big city with a small-town feel. Report suspicious activities and actions. Stay alert and help everyone stay safe.

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Urban Design Commission REVISED: 10 a.m. Oct. 18, 2018; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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City of Fort Worth “Monthly Informational Forum for M/WBEs”: 11:30 a.m. Oct. 18, 2018; James E. Guinn Entrepreneurial Campus - Fort Worth Business Assistance Center, 1150 South Freeway.

Community Action Partners (CAP) Council: 1:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 2018; Fort Worth City Credit Untion, First Floor Board Room, 2309 Montgomery Street.
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Fort Worth Affordability, Inc.: 5 p.m. Oct. 18, 2018; FWHA Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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Fort Worth Housing Solutions Regular Board Meeting: 5 p.m. Oct. 18, 2018; FWHA Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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Fort Worth Housing Solutions - Katy Station Lofts: 6 p.m. Oct. 18, 2018; FWHS Administrative Office, 1201 East 13th Street.
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FWHS Board of Commissioners Public Meeting: 6 p.m. Oct. 18, 2018; FWHA Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street .
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Minority and Women Business Enterprise Advisory Committee: 11:30 a.m. Oct. 19, 2018; James E. Guinn Building, 1st Floor, PharmaFab Conference Room #116, 1150 South Freeway.
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Neighborhood Litter Stomp: 8 a.m. Oct. 20, 2018; Various.

Crud Cruiser Mobile Waste Collection: 9 a.m. Oct. 20, 2018; Gateway Church, 4205 Basswood Blvd.

Code Rangers: 9 a.m. Oct. 20, 2018; Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Ave.

Responsible Pet Ownership Class (Spanish): 9 a.m. Oct. 20, 2018; Chuck Silcox Animal Care & Adoption Center, 4900 Martin St.

Frontier Fall Fest at Log Cabin Village: 1 p.m. Oct. 20, 2018; Log Cabin Village, 2100 Log Cabin Village Lane.
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Fall Festival at Worth Heights: 6 p.m. Oct. 20, 2018; Worth Heights Community Center, 3551 New York Ave.

Building Standards Commission Pre-Meeting: 9 a.m. Oct. 22, 2018; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Building Standards Commission Meeting: 9:30 a.m. Oct. 22, 2018; Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Ad Hoc Municipal Advisory Committee: 11:30 a.m. Oct. 22, 2018; City Manager's Conference Room 380, Third Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Trinity Metro Board of Directors Meeting: 3:30 p.m. Oct. 22, 2018; Intermodal Transportation Center, Second Floor, Community Room, 1001 Jones Street.
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Hammond Street Drainage Improvements Project Meeting: 6 p.m. Oct. 22, 2018; Victory Forest Community Center, 3427 Hemphill St.

Bellaire Channel Stormwater Maintenance Project Meeting: 6 p.m. Oct. 22, 2018; South Hills Christian Church, 3200 Bilglade Road.

Senior Spooky Social at Hillside: 10 a.m. Oct. 23, 2018; Hillside Community Center, 1201 E. Maddox Ave.

Audit Committee: 1 p.m. Oct. 23, 2018; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. Oct. 23, 2018; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. Oct. 23, 2018; Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

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