"Was that a crime you just saw?" Unsure? Most of us have seen something suspicious at one time or another, but because we're uncertain about what suspicious behavior is, we ignore our instincts and hope we didn't see anything.
"PEOPLE AREN'T SUSPICIOUS, BEHAVIOR IS!"
Be on the lookout for these warning signs of suspicious behavior:
- A person running. A running person would be suspicious if he or she were looking about furtively, as if he or she were being observed or chased.
- A stranger carrying property. Carrying property may be suspicious if it takes place at an unusual hour or location, especially if the items are stereo equipment, office machinery, laboratory equipment, or a locked bicycle.
- A person going door-to-door in an office building or a residential area. These people may be looking for an opportunity to steal.
- Any person forcibly entering a locked vehicle. Always be suspicious of those who seem out of place.
- Business transactions being conducted from a vehicle. Business exchanges done near primary schools, high schools, or parks may actually be illegal drug sales or sales of stolen property.
- One or more persons sitting in a parked car closely scanning the area. These people may be lookouts for a burglary or robbery in progress, or for a crime being planned.
- A juvenile or female being forced into a vehicle. Anyone resisting entry into a vehicle may be a kidnapping victim.
- Unusual noises. These include gunshots, screaming, sounds of fighting, abnormally barking dogs, or anything suggesting foul play, danger, or illegal activity.
If you witness one of these things or some other suspicious activity, call Security immediately from a cell phone (217) 464-8888 or 911. If you are on campus and use a land line call extension 8888 or 7-911