Anyone who sees suspicious activity at Fort Bragg has a responsibility to report it.
“Call 90-REACT (907-3228). If a crime is in process, call 911,” said George Olavarria, Fort Bragg’s deputy director, Directorate of Emergency Services. “The witness should give a good description, location, time and report what they see and when they see it.”
However, according to Adam Luther, Fort Bragg’s social media manager, suspicious activity should not be reported on social media.
“Social media is great for keeping up with Family, friends, stars, brands, shows; the list goes on and on. However, using it to report emergencies can have tragic results since many social media pages are not monitored continuously,” Luther said. “It may take hours, days, and possibly longer for someone to see your message. If you have an emergency, use your phone for something other than being social — call 911!”
But until first responders can respond to a call for suspicious behavior, there are measures that may be taken.
According to Olavarria, some safety tips include:
Shelter in place and don’t take out a cellphone to record. Instead, mute the cellphone so it doesn’t sound, alerting a perpetrator to one’s location.
Don’t leave the room while under threat until law enforcement identifies themselves and provides escort.
Evacuate. Get out.
When evacuation is not an option — as a last resort — try to fight your way out.
Suspicious activity could include persons in housing areas who do not belong or who look out of place, or someone going through trash cans to obtain protected personal information that’s available in credit card data, Olavarria explained.
Paying attention to and reporting suspicious activity remains an important responsibility because it could thwart crimes such as breaking and entering, burglaries and larceny, he added.
So, why would Fort Bragg be a target for attack?
“We live in tough times where we have people that are wanting to do us harm. Military installations are prime targets, so to speak,” Olavarria said. “The enemy would love to come into Fort Bragg.”
Something else to consider is that the enemy would love to obtain classified information, so classified matters should not be discussed over the telephone. Instead, contact the J2, G2, S2 or organizational security manager.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to its website, offers a national campaign to raise public awareness of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity. The campaign, called “If You See Something, Say Something,” is apropos for Fort Bragg.
Olavarria said, “Be a good citizen and report stuff timely so law enforcement can respond and react to the situation timely.”