Local law enforcement -the FBI and Homeland Security all agree that to keep our community safe – everyone needs to stay vigilant — and speak up if they see something..
President Obama addressed the nation calling the San Bernandino tragedy a terrorist attack.
On the heels of shooting – the FBI along with Emergency Management, Homeland Security, and GBI, area asking for help from the community.
Robert Matthews with the FBI Columbus office says, “We’re encouraging the public and the community to provide any information in relation to any suspicious activity.”
The campaign is called “if you see something – say something.”
The FBI is the lead investigative agency in all terrorism matters and Matthews believes an informed and alert community plays a critical role in keeping our community safe.
“Anything they feel is suspicious, let us know and let us be the deciding factor on that,” he says.
Robert Futrell, the Columbus Homeland Security Director says, “no matter how much preparation you put out, if someone wants to do something, they’re going to do it.”
That’s what law enforcement is trying to prevent.
Futrell keeps all the law enforcement and local leaders communicating on security plans.
He says there are no credible threats in the Columbus area – but the community should be vigilant.
“Every citizen in columbus has a role to play in homeland security.”
Futrell wants everyone to take an active part.
If you notice unusual items or situations like an unattended package.
Be aware of a person trying to get too much information.
And if you see someone hanging around without explanation – say something.
“If they see something suspicious, no matter how minor, if it’s suspcious to them – we want to know about it.”
Local homeland security and the FBI have contact numbers for you to call if you have any concerns.
You should call 911 if there is an emergency, but they do have anonymous tip lines.
In the Columbus area, you can call the anonymous Homeland Security tip line at (706) 225-4021.
You can also go online to report suspicious activity – http://www.fbi.gov.
In the Atlanta area , you can call Crime Stoppers of Atlanta (404) 577-8477.
You can also call the Georgia FBI Atlanta Field Office to report suspicious activity (404) 679-9000.
For more information on the “If You See Something, Say Something” Campaign, go to http://www.dhs.gov/see-something-say-something.