“When you add to that an environment that’s more free flowing, any type of event that has people walking up, like a parade, it adds another element of caution because there are more opportunities for people that want to do mischief or harm people that want to attend the event,” he said. “That’s why we need the help from the public.”
Erickson said citizens can gain an understanding of what it is that they should be looking for by going to the IDHS website and looking at a terrorism check list that points out what suspicious activity could be a harbinger of violent activity to come.
Also, making sure contact activity is readily accessible is imperative. One way to do that, he said, is to program the number for the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center, which is 877-226-1026, into your phone.
“Your safety is important,” Erickson said. “Don’t try and confront the (suspicious) people. Find those who are trained to deal with this situation.”
For more information on the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign, visit the website at www.dhs.gov/if-you-see-something-say-something-campaign.