Detecting suspicious activity in large crowds

ALICE training

TOLEDO (WTOL) - The recent arrest of two terrorism suspect here in Toledo, remains fresh among many, and is even quite concerning for those planning to spend the night out at area bars.

A.L.I.C.E. officers who teach people how to protect themselves in everyday places say being safe in these crowded places ultimately comes down to having good situational awareness. The “if you see something, say something” rule is very important in identifying suspicious activity.

But what exactly is considered "suspicious activity"?

Well there really is no main definition, but there are a few things you can look out for if you’re in a big crowd.

If you see someone really overdressed while they’re inside or maybe they have a huge backpack, those can be indicators something is not right.

Officers who conduct A.L.I.C.E. trainings say that if something does not sit right with you, there is no reason to be embarrassed to speak up.

“Know what’s going on in your immediate surroundings, is there anything that appears dangerous or threatening or suspicious. Trust your instincts, trust your feelings,” said Lt. Phil Cook of the Toledo Police Department.

The Toledo Police Department said they usually receive calls from people when they see someone doing something obviously dangerous or threatening. But if you see something that even bothers you a little bit it’s better to speak up. It’s a big help for police when trying to keep our community safe.

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