We security officers may be there in your residential neighborhood to watch over you, but you live there. You know it best. You can often feel or sense when something isn’t right. If you ever get that feeling, the correct course of action is to act on it. Tell someone that can investigate. If you see something, say something.
Look at Behavior, Not Appearance
If something feels off, take a moment to clarify, in your own mind, what that might be. If you see suspicious behavior and situations — an active break-in, an unusual smell, an unattended backpack in the center of a crowd — these are immediate red flags. A person’s race, ethnicity, or religion is not.
Who to Notify
- In an emergency, 9-1-1
- Security officers
- Your manager (if in the workplace)
- 866-HLS-TIPS – Dept. of Homeland Security hotline, available 24 hours a day – for suspicions of criminal activity related to terrorism
What to Report
Details are easier to remember while they’re still fresh in the mind, so don’t wait to report what you saw.
- Description of the suspicious activity
- Precise location
- Number of people, ages, gender, and physical descriptions of each individual observed
- Date, time and duration of activity
- Vehicle color, make, license plate, etc.
Apex Believes in “See Something, Say Something”
Our method of keeping residential areas safer for all is to form strong relationships with those that live there. Any of our highly trained security officers is equipped to handle reports of suspicious activity. Residents can feel assured that their report will be heard with respect and with the appropriate sense of urgency.
If you’re unsure whether to report or not, err on the side of caution. Say something. If it turns out to be nothing, we can all take a sigh of relief. This is a much better scenario than if something were to happen from lack of action. Thank you.