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If something doesn’t look quite right, follow your instincts and report it

Posted March 27, 2018

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Recent events like the bombings in Austin reinforce the need for residents to be vigilant of their surroundings.

Residents should be mindful of items or actions that seem to be out of place. Retailers should be suspicious when someone buys all the components to make a bomb. Trust your instincts: if something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t.

Fort Worth Police, Fire and Office of Emergency Management personnel continually research, investigate and take action on potential life-threatening situations. Special police and fire arson/bomb squads, along with state and federal agencies, stay up to date on current threat assessments to help protect Fort Worth residents from any type of terroristic act — but they need your help:

  • If you notice something suspicious or out of place in your neighborhood or workplace, report it to officials.
  • Suspicious objects such as a discarded suitcase or abandoned backpack with unknown contents laying just off a heavily traveled path, a busy intersection or at a public event? Report it.
  • Is there a new mailbox or dumpster placed close to critical communications or power facilities in your neighborhood that none of the neighbors remember requesting? Report it.
  • Does an unexpected package delivered to your office mailroom have excessive postage, an unrecognized return address, a stained or oily wrapper or a strange odor? Report it.
  • If you are on social media, at work or school and hear a person making threats to retaliate or “shoot up the place,” report it. That person may not just be having a bad day and blowing off steam, they may be giving out signals about their future intentions.
  • Social media is a powerful communications tool used by people around the world to convey their beliefs and agendas. It would not take much effort for a person to find information about making a bomb. Retail cashiers may need to provide a good description to authorities of a person buying multiple items such as timers, wire, batteries, nails, ball bearings, pipes or gunpowder.

Your help is needed to keep first responders one step ahead of a potential terrorist event. If you See Something, Say Something. You might just save someone’s life because you followed your instincts.

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City Plan Commission Work Session: noon March 27, 2019; City Hall, Second Floor, City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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