How to Report Suspicious Activity: the 5Ws
If you see suspicious activity, anytime, anywhere - including at work: if someone is threatening you with violence, or trying to physically hurt you or others, do what's necessary to keep you and others safe. This includes calling 911 if appropriate. Also notify your supervisor. It's easy to overlook these routine moments, but as you're going about your day, if you see, hear, smell or truly just "sense" something that doesn't seem quite right, say something. Report it to law enforcement and describe specifically what you observed, including:
- Who or what you saw;
- When you saw it;
- Where it occurred; and
- Why it's suspicious
At The Arc of Monroe, the safety of the people we support, our employees and our guests are our top priority. We all play a role in keeping our agency safe, and it’s important to be alert and report suspicious activity or behavior so we can work together to protect the Arc family. It’s critical for all of us to be prepared – and if we SENSE SOMETHING, we SAY SOMETHING.
This page offers resources and tips to help all of us to remember to stay vigilant and say something when we sense or see signs of suspicious activity.
Improved awareness and preventive measures can reduce the risks for potential tampering or other malicious, criminal, or terrorist actions.
What do we mean by “Sense Something”?
Across the country, in our communities, we share everyday moments with our neighbors, family, coworkers and friends. We go to work or school, the grocery store or the gas station.
It's easy to overlook these routine moments, but as you’re going about your day, if you see, hear, smell or truly just "sense" something that doesn't seem quite right, say something.
So what can you do to help prevent dangerous acts from occurring?
- Be aware. Listen, look, pay attention to the people, and places around you.
- Go with your gut. If you feel uncomfortable about something you have seen or heard, talk to your manager or someone in leadership to help you sort out the facts of the situation.
- Share Up. There is a difference between reporting and tattling or gossiping. By providing information either directly or confidentially, you may be able to prevent harm to others.
- Sometimes multiple puzzle pieces don't make sense until they are put together. For example, you may notice someone's aggressive behavior, and your friend may have heard that same person make a threatening remark. Others saw disturbing comments or photos that person posted on social media.
- Each individual situation above doesn't necessarily guarantee danger. But once you put the puzzle pieces together, you can get a better understanding of a potentially serious problem.
- Just like an abandoned suitcase in the airport, if you notice something suspicious with any of your senses, say something. Don't give up until you feel like it's being taken seriously. And if it has the potential to be a life-threatening situation, immediately talk to someone who has the power and authority to do something about it.