We Turn Private Boat Owners into Private Boat Captains
Vincent Pica Chief of Staff, First District, Southern Region (D1SR) United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
REPORTING SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY (REVISED)
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) encourages the maritime public to report information concerning suspicious activity to their local Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) Office, Http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm , or to other appropriate authorities. Individuals can contact the DHS Watch and Warning Unit at (202) 323-3205, toll free at 1-888-585-9078, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The U.S. Coast Guard reminds the maritime industry that they may also report information concerning suspicious activity to the National Response Center (NRC) at 1-800-424-8802.
WHAT "SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY" SHOULD I LOOK FOR?
Though you are the person best suited to identify a behavior or activity as "suspicious" in the area you're most familiar with, the following list contains some issues you may want to consider in making such a determination:
·People appearing to be engaged in surveillance of any kind (note taking, shooting video/photos, making sketches, or asking questions).
·Unattended vessels or vehicles in unusual locations.
·Lights flashing between boats.
·Unusual diving activity.
·Unusual number of people onboard.
·Unusual night operations.
·Recovering or tossing items into/onto the waterway or shoreline.
·Operating in or passing through an area that does not typically have such activity.
·Fishing/hunting in locations not typically used for those activities.
·Missing fencing or lighting near sensitive locations.
·Anchoring in an area not typically used for anchorage.
·Transfer of people or things between ships or between ship and shore outside of port.
·Anyone operating in an aggressive manner.
·Individuals establishing businesses or roadside food stands near sensitive locations.
·Small planes flying over critical locations.
·People attempting to buy or rent fishing or recreational vessels with cash for short-term, undefined use.
Additional information is available online at http://www.americaswaterwaywatch.org .
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