The Lethbridge Police Service is committed to the safety of the citizens of Lethbridge. We have protocols in place to effectively deal with terrorism threats.
WHAT IS TERRORISM?
-Terrorism is the unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.
HOW TO RECOGNIZE THE WARNING SIGNS
-Stay alert! Be aware of your surroundings
-Know your neighbours
-Know who makes regular deliveries at work
-Know regular maintenance and cleaning people
HOW TO IDENTIFY SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY
-Unusual requests for information regarding security or habits
-Unusual interest in high-risk or symbolic targets such as inappropriate videos or photograph-taking, annotating maps, note-taking or using binoculars and night vision goggles
-Unusual activity, such as strong odours coming from buildings or vehicles, someone who is over-dressed for the weather, people in palces where they don't belong or people avoiding eye contact
-Fraudulent identification, such as fake passports or driver's licenses
-Numerous visitors perhaps those who arrive and leave at unusual hours, trying to be unnoticed or acting in a suspicious manner
-Avoiding community contact; they may only let you into their apartment with plenty of prior notice, change their locks often, keep certain rooms off limits or never allow maid service or deliveries in a hotel room
-Large, unusual, high-risk deliveries; watch for vehicles delivering hazardous materials parked or driving in an inappropriate areas, unusual deliveries of chemicals or fertilizer, unattended boxes in public access places or unusual mail
-Unusual purchases or thefts; pay attention to any purchases, rentals or thefts of uniforms, explosives, weapons, ammunition, propane bottles, toxic chemicals or vehicles able to contain or haul hazardous materials
HOW TO REPORT SUSPECTED ACTS OF TERRORISM
-If you believe a life is in danger or a serious crime is about to be committed, call 911 immediately
-If it is not an emergency, but you think the person or situation should be invesigated, call 403-328-4444-the Lethbridge Police Service non-emergency number
Remember, never put yourself in danger by confronting suspicious activity
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