Spotting and Reporting Suspicious Behavior

Fact Sheets

Spotting and Reporting Suspicious Behavior in Pennsylvania is as easy as 1, 2, 3

1. Know What to Look For:

Terrorism: The unlawful use of force or violence targeting persons or property to intimidate or coerce any segment of the Government or civilian population regarding political or social objectives. Terrorists use incidents and threats to create fear, to convince citizens that their government is powerless to protect them, or to get publicity to promote their cause. Here are a few red flags that should raise your suspicions
- Unusual or extended interest in public utilities, large public gatherings, transportation centers, government buildings and other possible terrorist targets.
- Unusual requests for information, particularly about security or procedures for at-risk buildings or activities.
- Suspicious activity, especially when connected with a high risk or symbolic target.
- Fraudulent/conflicting ID or documents.
- Unusual rentals, purchases, deliveries, or thefts, particularly of poisonous or flammable chemicals, explosives, weapons or vehicles (including planes or boats).


2. Know What to Report:

If you see suspicious behavior, do not confront the individuals involved. Take note of the details:

S- Size (Jot down the number of people, gender, ages, and physical descriptions)
A - Activity (Describe exactly what they are doing)
L - Location (Provide exact location)
U - Uniform (Describe what they are wearing, including shoes)
T - Time (Provide date, time, and duration of activity)
E - Equipment (Describe vehicle, make, color etc., license plate, camera, guns, etc)

3. Know How to Report It:

Report Suspicious Behavior, Crimes, or Tips by contacting the following:
If it is an emergency or in progress contact local law enforcement immediately by calling 911. They will conduct a rapid assessment and initiate appropriate action. - E-mail - Pennsylvania State Police - sp-intelligence@state.pa.us
- Call PA Terrorism Tip Line — 1-888-292-1919 (toll free)
- Call FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces
- Pittsburgh FBI 412-432-4000 - 23 Western Counties
- Philadelphia FBI 215-418-4000 - 44 Eastern Counties
- On line Terrorism Report Form https://tips.fbi.gov/
- Call U.S. Secret Service
PITTSBURGH - (412) 395-6484
PHILADELPHIA - (215) 861-3300
SCRANTON - (717) 346-5781
- Rewards for Justice 1-800-US REWARDS 1-800-877-3927

County Annex Office Building
300 North Center Avenue
Somerset, PA 15501
Somerset County Courthouse
111 East Union St.
Somerset, PA 15501