Vehicles can be considered suspicious if they are:
- slow moving with headlights turned off
- following a course that appears to be aimless or repetitive – especially if occurring around a school, park or playground
- parked cars containing one or more persons, especially at an unusual hour
- abandoned vehicles containing weapons
- property in vehicles – especially suspicious when the property includes items not normally found in vehicles.
What are the possible significances of these types of vehicles? The subjects(s) may be:
- casing with the intention of committing a robbery or burglary
- involved in drug activity
- a sex offender
Other types of suspicious activity involving vehicles can be:
- subjects attempting to forcibly enter a locked car
- subjects detaching mechanical parts or accessories for a vehicle
- business transactions conducted from a vehicle, especially if near a park or school and involving juveniles
- subjects being forced into vehicles
- objects thrown from vehicles, especially while traveling at high speeds. \
- What are the possible significances of these types of activities? The subject(s) may be involved in:
- burglary, theft or malicious mischief
- drug sales
- business license violation
- disposal of contraband
- garbage dumping
People can be considered suspicious if they are:
- going door-to-door in residential areas – look for subjects checking to see if front doors are locked, especially when another subject remains near the street as a lookout.
- non-residents going into back or side yard of a house
- waiting in front of a house or business – this can be especially suspicious if owners are absent or the building is closed.
- forcing entrance to or tampering with a residence, vehicle, etc.
- running from property
- carrying property – if someone is carrying valuable property or if it is at an unusual hour
- unfamiliar subjects to the neighborhood – or subjects that seem to have no purpose wandering about
- exhibiting unusual mental or physical symptoms
What are the possible significances of these types of people? Subjects may be involved in:
- casing homes or businesses
- soliciting violations
- burglary, theft, vandalism, or trespassing
- fleeing the scene of a crime
- drug activity
Some examples of Suspicious Situations include:
- continuous “Repair” operations at a non-business location
- property being removed from or placed into vehicles or buildings – suspicious when from homes in which the owners are known to be absent or from closed businesses.
- open or broken doors or windows – at closed businesses or residences in which the owners are absent.
- unusual noises – including gunshots, screaming, fighting, abnormally barking dogs, anything that suggests foul play, danger, illegal activity
- a large amount of human traffic to and from a certain residence
- accumulation of large amounts of valuable property in homes, private garages, storage areas, etc.
What are the possible significances of these types of situations? They may involve:
- stolen property, possibly being stripped, repainted, or otherwise altered
- business license or zoning violations
- the scene of a burglary in progress or completed burglary
- assaults, fights, threats, etc.
- drug activity