Like most Americans, many residents of our Soleil Association Management Las Vegas HOA communities are increasingly concerned about the threat of terrorism. That’s why the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants you to be aware of its initiative, “If You See Something, Say Something.” While we need to avoid paranoia, we owe it to our families, friends, and neighbors in our Las Vegas communities to be vigilant and do the right thing when something does seem amiss.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, issues that may warrant contacting local law enforcement authorities include:
- A vehicle that is parked in an odd location, a package or piece of luggage that is unattended and an open window or door that is usually closed.
- Someone who is paying unusual attention to facilities or buildings beyond a casual or professional interest. This includes extended loitering without explanation (particularly in concealed locations); unusual, repeated, and/or prolonged observation of a building; taking notes or measurements; counting paces; and sketching floor plans.
Most of these activities could be perfectly innocent, so you should let law enforcement professionals determine whether the behavior warrants investigation. Soleil Association Management, a premier Las Vegas community management company, recommends calling 911 in an emergency but contacting your local law enforcement agency to report suspicious activity. When you call, describe specifically what you observed, who or what you saw, when you saw it, where it occurred and why it’s suspicious.
DHS emphasizes that Americans must respect citizens’ privacy, civil rights and civil liberties by focusing on behavior rather than appearance. Race, ethnicity, and/or religious affiliation are not suspicious. The public should only report suspicious behavior and situations.