Dealing With Suspicious Persons

If you detect any suspicious activity in your neighborhood or anywhere, call 911. Do not worry about being embarrassed if your suspicions prove to be unfounded. It is better to think of what could happen if you didn’t act.

  1. Door-to-door canvassers in a residential area. This is especially suspicious if, after a few houses have been visited, one or more of the subjects go into the back or side yard. They could be “casing the house” for a burglary.
  2. People waiting in front of a house where the occupants are absent. There may be a burglary or vehicle theft in progress.
  3. Someone forcing entrance to or tampering with a residence, business, vehicle, etc. This person is suspicious under almost any circumstance. There may be a burglary in progress.
  4. Non-resident going into back or side yard of house – possible burglary may be in progress.
  5. Person running – especially if he or she is carrying something of value. The person may be fleeing the scene of a crime.
  6. Person carrying property – may be suspicious depending on the circumstances. The situation may indicate a crime in progress.
  7. Exhibiting unusual mental or physical symptoms – The person may be injured, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or in some kind of need of medical aid.