FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Don Rawson, Emergency Manager, (760) 839-5404
As we continue to learn details about the Boston Marathon bombings, the Escondido Fire Department reminds us: “If You See Something, Say Something.” One of the key efforts in the prevention of crime and terrorism is each of us remaining alert to suspicious activity and reporting it to local authorities.
Terrorists can exploit the innocuous appearance and transportability of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) concealed in bags or other containers, offering few if any indicators of an impending attack. Alertness and quick reaction to the discovery of such concealed devices in an unusual location can improve chances of early detection and prevention of an attack. Potential indicators of an IED include:
- Protruding wires or fuses
- Unusual smells such as chemical odors
- Wetness or unusual stains on a container
- Apparent abandonment of a container in a high traffic, unusual, or otherwise strategic location
If you believe you have located such a device DO NOT touch it – call 9-1-1 and report the location and description of the suspicious object to law enforcement.
For additional information about how terrorist generally carry out attacks, and when and how to call local law enforcement, please view the “Eight Signs of Terrorism” video produced by the County of San Diego at www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AIFoujTc74.
Again, the Escondido Fire Department asks us all to continue to remain alert, maintain vigilance, and report potential indications of pre-operational terrorist and criminal activity.