Homeland security is not just related to terrorism, we encourage the whole community to maintain awareness of their surroundings and watch for things that could potentially affect our way of life.
You are the community and you know when something is out of place. You should report suspicious or unusual activity when:
Unusual items or situations: A vehicle is parked in an odd location, a package/luggage is unattended, a window/door is open that is usually closed, or other out-of-the-ordinary situations occur.
Eliciting information:A person questions individuals at a level beyond curiosity about a building’s purpose, operations, security procedures and/or personnel, shift changes, etc.
Observation/surveillance: Someone pays unusual attention to facilities or buildings beyond a casual or professional interest. This includes extended loitering without explanation (particularly in concealed locations); unusual, repeated, and/or prolonged observation of a building (e.g., with binoculars or video camera); taking notes or measurements; counting paces; sketching floor plans, etc.
If you see something suspicious, report it to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office at (352) 569-1600, Sumter County Board of County Commissioners at (352) 689-4400, or call 9-1-1 if it is an emergency. Describe what you observed, including: