We can all play a role in protecting our community and each other.
One key way is to remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings – from your neighborhood to a mall, and from public transportation to a public venue such as a stadium. Remember, “If you see something, say (or send) something.”
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommends looking for the following signs:
If there’s an ongoing emergency, call or text 9-1-1.
- Visit the new iWatchNOVA reporting website or download the app for your Apple or Android phone (search “iWatchNOVA”) to easily report something suspicious. iWatchNOVA is a collaborative effort among Northern Virginia law enforcement agencies.
- You may also call the Fairfax County non-emergency line at 703-691-2131, TTY 703-877-3715.
When reporting suspicious activity, it is helpful to give the most accurate description possible, including:
- Brief description of the activity.
- Date, time and location of the activity.
- Physical identifiers of anyone you observed.
- Descriptions of vehicles.
- Information about where people involved in suspicious activities may have gone.
- Move or leave if you feel uncomfortable or if something does not seem right.
- Do not accept packages from strangers and do not leave luggage unattended.
- Learn where emergency exits are located in buildings you frequent. Plan how to get out in the event of an emergency.
- It’s always good to be prepared with an emergency supply kit and communication plans.
- Most importantly, stay calm, be patient and think before you act. With these simple preparations, you can be ready for the unexpected.