Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 December 2015 10:53


noun  ter·ror·ism  \ˈter-ər-ˌi-zəm\:  the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion
According to the Department of Homeland Security, any behavior that could indicate terrorism or related crime is considered suspicious. These types of behavior may include:
Unusual items or situations:  Vehicles, luggage, or other items that seem to be out of place; or other unusual circumstances may be suspicious.
Eliciting information:  Extensive questions including unusual interest in building structure, purpose, or operations; personnel, or security procedures should be considered suspicious.
Observation or surveillance:  A person paying unusual attention to a facility or building that goes beyond casual or professional interest; extended unexplainable loitering; unusual or repeated observation of buildings or structures should be considered suspicious behavior.  
Persons should not be considered suspicious on the basis of race, ethnicity, or religious affiliation.
Suspicious activity should be reported to local law enforcement immediately.  Include a clear description or who/what you witnessed, when and where it happened, and what makes the behavior suspicious.
If you have reason to believe that a person's behavior is indicative of criminal activity related to terrorism, you may report it to the Washington State Fusion Center online by clicking here.
If behavior indicates a crime in progress or puts life or property in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1 immediately.