Defined Criminal Activity and Potential Terrorism Nexus Activity
Potential Criminal or Non-Criminal Activity Requiring Additional Fact Information During Investigation
"We're all safer when local law enforcement works together with the communities and citizens they serve, and their partners in the Federal government. It’s a simple but powerful, idea - that homeland security begins with hometown security. And there’s a role for all of us."
Secretary Janet Napolitano, Department of Homeland Security
In July 2010, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), at Secretary Janet Napolitano's direction, launched a national "If You See Something, Say Something™" public awareness campaign –a simple and effective program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and violent crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper state and local law enforcement authorities.
Factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious. For that reason, the public should report only suspicious behavior and situations (e.g., an unattended backpack in a public place or someone trying to break into a restricted area) rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations, or speech unrelated to terrorism or other criminal activity. Only reports that document behavior reasonably indicative of criminal activity related to terrorism will be shared with federal, state, local and tribal partners.