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If You See a Suspicious Package or Activity 'Say Something'

As we approach Sept. 11, Sandy Springs Police urge citizens to be vigilant in reporting suspicious behavior and unattended items.

The false alarm at Ridgeview Charter School on opening day of the new school year speaks to the Department of Homeland Security’s campaign, “If You See Something Say Something.”

On Aug. 15, a suspicious plastic case reported by a school staff member turned out to be harmless. Nevertheless, as we approach Sept. 11, Sandy Springs Police urge citizens to always be vigilant and aware of alarming activity.

The Department of Homeland Security Campaign is sensitive to civil rights and liberties. They emphasize that race, ethnicity, national origin and religious affiliation alone are not suspicious. However, an unattended backpack or item –such as the unusual plastic case at Ridgeview Charter School- should be reported, as well as a person trying to enter an unrestricted area.

For any questions or concerns on what is deemed ‘suspicious’ call the Sandy Springs Police at 770-551-6900.

Warren Klofkorn August 31, 2011 at 05:52 PM
Get a grip, folks. Refuse to buy into the government-hyped paranoia.
Rhonda Sult August 31, 2011 at 07:11 PM
Using caution is not paranoia it is and always has been a way of life. When gardening we watch for snakes, black widows and brown recluse spiders, in the world we watch out for the crazies and extremist. War and danger has been with people for a very longtime, and I don’t imagine that will cease, not even in our western civilization. I encourage my neighbors to listen too Homeland Security and use caution. We could ask the public servants who attempted to help folks on 9/11 if they think it is paranoia but they are all dead. If I am ever near one of schools in our country or around the world that lost children to terrorism I will ask them if they think it is paranoia to use caution and report suspicious packages and behavior.
Warren Klofkorn September 12, 2011 at 09:27 PM
After a point it is paranoia. How much time and energy do we spend on this? What is the economic trade-off? What is suspicious? We have become a nation of worriers and wimps.

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