August is Antiterrorism Awareness Month. This is a month set aside to raise awareness to the threat of terrorism, and also to encourage vigilance and the reporting of any potential threats. “If you see something, say something” has been a common theme and saying among the agencies and their websites for many years now, and it is even more strongly emphasized in the month of August. 

There may still be some confusion on what exactly you should report. The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) website tells people to, “Trust your instincts; if a behavior or activity makes you feel uncomfortable, report it.” 

Here are a few more specific things to be aware of and report:

  • People drawing and/or measuring important buildings
  • Strangers asking about security forces or procedures
  • A briefcase, suitcase, backpack, or package left behind or unattended
  • Car or truck left in a No Parking Zone in front of government or other important buildings
  • A person wearing clothes that are too big/bulky and/or too hot for the weather
  • Chemical smells or fumes
  • Purchasing supplies or equipment that can be used to make bombs or weapons

Basically, the government and agencies want to encourage people to be aware of their surroundings. They want everyone to keep in mind that if something appears suspicious, report it.