The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Texans to remain vigilant with respect to potential crime and terrorist activity in their communities, and to report suspicious behaviors to the department’s iWATCH website at www.iwatchtx.org. The iWATCH program was created as a partnership between communities and law enforcement, and utilizes citizen-sourced tips related to criminal activity.
In addition to the acts of terrorism in Brussels, Belgium, and other attacks around the world, attacks have also occurred closer to home in recent years, including shootings at Fort Hood. Concerned citizens can visit the iWATCH website to fill out a report, which includes contact information and specifics about a particular incident.
Here are some examples of behaviors and activities to report:
- Strangers asking questions about building security features and procedures
- Briefcase, suitcase, backpack or package left behind
- Cars or trucks left in no-parking zones at important buildings
- Chemical smells or fumes that are unusual for the location
- People requesting sensitive information, such as blueprints, security plans or VIP travel schedules, without a need to know
- Purchasing supplies that could be used to make bombs or weapons, or purchasing uniforms without having the proper credentials
- Taking photographs or videos of security features, such as cameras or checkpoints
For more information on the iWATCH program or to submit a report, visit www.iwatchtx.org. To make an anonymous report, individuals can contact DPS at 1-866-786-5972. (iWATCH is not designed to report emergencies. If a situation requires an emergency response, call 911.)