See Something, Say Something

In light of the recent series of attacks, the Pleasant Hill Police Department would like to remind residents that it is imperative for the public to provide authorities with any information on persons, vehicles or activities, which may not necessarily constitute a crime, but are deemed suspicious and out of the ordinary. Always be vigilant and act as Pleasant Hill’s ears and eyes when you are out within your neighborhood or metro area communities. 

The “See Something, Say Something” initiative provides the public an effective way to easily communicate with their local agency if something seems suspicious within their neighborhood or community. 

In Your Neighborhood

Never spy on or pry into your neighbors' affairs or property, but do keep your eyes open, as you would in a neighborhood watch. Some things to be aware of: 
  • Strange or abandoned vehicles on the side of the road.
  • Service vehicles in front of houses, where that type of service isn't taking place.
  • People you don't recognize hanging around your neighborhood for long periods of time.
  • People videotaping or using surveillance equipment like binoculars.
  • Unauthorized personnel around power lines, poles, transformer boxes, sewers, storm drains, gas lines or other utility equipment.

In the Workplace

If something doesn't look like business as usual, don't hesitate to check with your boss or security personnel. Some things to be aware of: 
  • Packages, bags or boxes left unattended in public areas like a lobby or parking garage.
  • Unexpected or odd-looking packages mailed to your place of business.
  • People you don't recognize entering unauthorized areas.
  • Anyone tampering with surveillance cameras, safety systems, machinery or other sensitive equipment
  • Exposed wiring, leaks, strange smells or other signs of potential tampering.

During Your Commute

Stay alert around buses, bridges and roadways. If something doesn't look right, tell the nearest authority. Some things to be aware of: 
  • Bags, boxes or other packages left unattended on buses.
  • Exposed wiring, leaks, strange smells or other signs of potential tampering on buses.
  • People videotaping, sketching or taking notes on transit buses or around the facility.
  • People who stay at bus stations for long periods without getting on.

Other Suspicious Activity

  • Strange vehicles left unattended near busy areas or under bridges.
  • Strange packages left unattended in malls, parking garages, stadiums, theaters or other crowded public places.
  • People wearing over-sized clothing for their body type or excessively bulky clothing in hot weather.
  • Anyone abandoning an item behind and leaving the area quickly.
  • People wearing a uniform, but not appearing to be involved in an appropriate activity.
  • People openly possessing a weapon or dangerous item.
  • Strange chemical smells.
The “See Something, Say Something” campaign is part of a national anti-terrorism awareness campaign emphasizing the importance of reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement.

The public is asked to report any suspicious activity to Pleasant Hill Police at 515-265-1444 or in case of an emergency, call 911.