I am surprised at the number of people I’ve come in contact with lately who know nothing about the Homeland Security’s See Something, Say Something program, also known as See It, Say It in Brea.
The program is our immediate call to action when we notice someone exhibiting strange behavior, or spot an item that seems out of place or abandoned. Don’t just shrug your shoulders and move on. Report it to the authorities.
“I advise members of the public to report anything that they feel is suspicious to the Police Department’s non-emergency number, 714-990-7911,” Brea Chief of Police Jack Conklin said.
He added that the police would rather respond to a report of suspicious behavior or a backpack or other object left someplace than later get a call that someone has been victimized. He also emphasized if you feel the activity or object is an emergency situation, immediately call 911.
Chief Conklin noted we are the experts in our neighborhoods and our places of business. We know who and what should be there and intuitively know when someone or something is out of place or suspicious.
“All suspicious activity, no matter how insignificant, should be reported,” Conklin said.
Trust your gut feeling.
One day while driving on State College Boulevard near Birch Street, I noticed a man who seemed to be dancing and jumping around on the median. I don’t know if a cool tune came on his playlist or what, but I didn’t want him missing a move and falling in front of a car or harassing pedestrians crossing the street. Remembering the See It, Say It message, I called the 714-990-7911 number and let the police know about Twinkle Toes.
Lt. Darrin Devereux, the Police Department’s public information officer, said via email, “Please do not think you are bothering us, or that officers have more important things to do. We make many arrests based on citizens’ reporting about unfamiliar people or suspicious behavior in their neighborhoods.”
He also mentioned the Brea PD’s Lock it, Take it, Keep it program, launched last year to help combat thefts from vehicles.
Lock it, Take it, Keep it encourages locking your vehicle every time you park it. Take your valuables out of your car when you leave it, or lock them in the trunk, glove box or under the seat. And to keep it, take responsibility for your personal property. That is the best way to keep it and to keep you from becoming a crime victim.
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