On 13th Anniversary of 9/11/01, Public Reminded to Stay Vigilant; Review the Seven Signs of Terrorism

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For Immediate Release: 9/10/2014 On 13th Anniversary of 9/11/01, Public Reminded to Stay Vigilant; Review the Seven Signs of Terrorism September is National Preparedness Month. As we prepare to observe the thirteenth anniversary of the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and the Montgomery County Police Department recommend that community members review the seven signs of terrorism, to help them become more knowledgeable about the types of suspicious behaviors that might precede a terrorist attack. At this time, there is no specific intelligence to suggest that a threat to the National Capital Region, and specifically Montgomery County, is imminent during this anniversary. However, our best defense is concerned community members who understand what kinds of persons, things, and situations should be considered suspicious, and then alert police to those concerns. It is critical for those who live and work in Montgomery County to partner with their law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for suspicious persons, vehicles, and activities in their areas. The Seven Signs of Terrorism are: 1. Surveillance: Someone recording or monitoring activities. This could include the use of cameras (cell phone, still or video), note taking, drawing diagrams, annotating on maps, or using binoculars or other vision-enhancing devices. 2. Elicitation/Gathering information: People or organizations attempting to gain information about military operations, capabilities, or people. Elicitation attempts may be made by email, mail, fax, telephone, or in person. 3. Tests of security: Any attempts to measure reaction times to security breaches or to penetrate physical security barriers or procedures in order to assess strengths and weaknesses. 4. Acquiring supplies: Purchasing or stealing explosives, weapons, ammunition, etc. This also includes acquiring military uniforms, decals, flight manuals, passes or badges (or the equipment to manufacture such items) or any other controlled items. Activity could also include mapping out routes and determining the timing of traffic lights and flow. 5. Suspicious people: This includes people who don’t seem to belong in the workplace, neighborhood, business establishment or anywhere else. Factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious. 6. Trial run/Rehearsal: Putting people into position and moving them around according to their plan without actually committing the terrorist act. This is especially true when planning a kidnapping, but it can also pertain to bombings. An element of this activity could also include mapping out routes and determining the times of traffic lights and flow. 7. Deploying assets: People and supplies getting into position to commit the act. This is a person’s last chance to alert authorities before a terrorist act occurs. Reminders to the public include: If something just doesn’t seem or feel right, don’t second guess your instincts. If the suspicious activity of a person is right in front of you, don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1. For those who are in the state of Maryland, and are aware of an on-going situation that seems suspicious, calls can be made to the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center at 1-800-492-TIPS (8477). Remember, “If you See Something, Say Something” to the appropriate authorities. # # # Release ID: 14-336 Media Contact: Lucille Baur 240-777-6507


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