State Police: Be Vigilant Over the Holiday Weekend; No Known Threats to Michigan at This Time

Contact: Dale R. George, MSP/EMHSD Public Information Officer 517-284-3962

December 22, 2017

With the holiday weekend approaching, the Michigan State Police (MSP) is asking Michiganders to be vigilant by looking out for any suspicious behavior or activity and notifying law enforcement immediately if they see something out of the ordinary. 

There are no known threats to Michigan at this time, but recent incidents in Melbourne, Australia and New York City serve as reminders for residents and law enforcement to be prepared and remain alert.

“We all play a role in keeping our communities safe and secure. It is important that Michiganders remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and director of the MSP. “If someone sees something that appears suspicious or out of place, they should immediately notify law enforcement.”

Being vigilant can be as simple as paying more attention to where you are, knowing how to react if something happens and recognizing potential indicators of suspicious activity or behavior.  For instance, when in a building remember where you are located, what floor you are on and determine the nearest emergency exits and stairwells.

Residents should be on the lookout for several indicators of suspicious activity, including:

  • An unattended object or one that appears out of place, especially in crowded or public areas.
  • Individuals exhibiting strange or abnormal behavior.
  • Someone entering or exiting blocked or unauthorized areas.
  • Individuals who quickly leave when seen or approached.
  • A strong odor coming from a building or vehicle.
  • Someone tampering or interfering with surveillance cameras.
  • A vehicle that seems out of place.
  • Someone taking photos, videos or drawings of high-profile or highly populated buildings or structures.
  • Exposed wiring or other abnormalities.

If you see something suspicious, immediately call 9-1-1 for emergencies. For non-emergencies, suspicious activity can be reported to the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center by phone at 1-855-MICH-TIP (855-642-4847), online at www.michigan.gov/michtip or by contacting local law enforcement officials.

For more information about spotting suspicious activity, go to www.michigan.gov/mioc.