A localized version of the nationwide anti-terrorism campaign, “If You See Something, Say Something,” launched at the Orange County Fair on July 12th to remind community members to be on the lookout for suspicious packages or bags.
To bring awareness to the campaign, a 10-foot-tall red backpack will appear at different locations throughout Orange County for a year to remind people to use common sense when reporting things that do not seem right. John Wayne Airport is currently hosting the backpack in Terminal C in hopes that the traveling public and passengers become aware of their surroundings and report suspicious objects or activity to Airport Police Services.
The following are a few examples to help you identify a questionable object or behavior:
- An unattended bag, briefcase or box in a public venue - Someone drawing or measuring important buildings - Strangers asking questions about security or building security procedures - Cars or trucks left in No Parking Zones in front of important buildings or venues - Unusual smells or smoke that worry you - The purchase of supplies or equipment that can be used to make bombs or weapons
If you see something that is out of the ordinary, please contact your local law enforcement agency or call 9-1-1 to report suspicious activity or a crime in progress. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers, at 1-855-TIP-OCCS or at occrimestoppers.org. To learn more about this campaign, visit www.KeepOCSafe.org.