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“If You See Something, Say Something” Awareness Day Tuesday





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, Sept. 24, 2018

Contact: Tony Mangan, Public Information Officer, 605-280-5648

 

 

“If You See Something, Say Something” Awareness Day Tuesday

 

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Office of Homeland Security encourages the public to take part in Tuesday’s national “If You See Something, Say Something” Awareness Day.

 

The day has been designated as such by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The goal is to encourage people to be more aware of any suspicious behavior around them and report that behavior to law enforcement.

 

“We are looking for activities or behaviors,” says Steve Pluta, director of South Dakota’s Office of Homeland Security. “It doesn’t matter where you live, it is important that we are all vigilant and report any behavior that looks suspicious.  We all play a role in keeping our communities safe.”

 

The office has been part of the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign since 2015. Pluta says that office has used social media, posters and public service announcements as ways to encourage the public to report what they may see.  He says that effort has resulted in calls to law enforcement.

 

“If people see something that may not look right, please call authorities,” Pluta says. “It can be something such as an unattended vehicle parked in an odd location or an unattended backpack or package.  It can also be someone threatening to harm or kill people or damage a facility.   If someone sees something out of the ordinary, they should call law enforcement.” 

 

People should report who or what they saw, when they saw it, where it occurred and why it's suspicious, according to Pluta.

 

To alert authorities of any suspicious behavior, call 844-373-7233 (844-3SD-SAFE). Officials say the tip line is not a substitute for 911.  Citizens should still call 911 for emergencies. 

 

For more on the national program, click onto https://www.dhs.gov/see-something-say-something.

 

The South Dakota Homeland Security Office is part of the state Department of Public Safety.

 

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