Police Tips to Protect Against Terrorism
By Lookout Staff
August 18 -- Recently obtained photographs of individuals videotaping the pier in a suspicious manner remind us that terrorism can strike anytime, anywhere -- even in Santa Monica.
To combat the possible threat, Police Chief James T. Butts, Jr. has asked the City for $2 million for surveillance equipment, bomb-sniffing dogs and other measures to enhance security.
In the meantime, the police department is informing citizens on what precautions they should take and what they can do to protect themselves from terrorism. Here is some of the information that can be found on www.santamonicapd.org
If you receive a phone call from someone making a bomb threat, you should remain calm and ask them:
Also pay attention. Are there any noises in the background? Does the caller speak with an accent and, if so, what kind? Does the caller speak calmly or anxiously? Is the caller loud or soft; squeaky or nasal or speaks with a stutter? Little details like these can help track down persons who make bomb threats. Call 911 immediately.
Suspicious packages could contain a bomb or a biological agent. Do not open them. Here are some of the tell-tale signs of suspicious packages, according to the police website:
Report all suspicious activity Santa Monica Police at (310) 458-8491. Remember, it's behavior -- not looks -- that makes a person a suspect of criminal or terrorist activity. In addition, here are some precautions you should take:
You and your family should have an emergency kit to see you through the first 72 hours of any disaster that could strike. The police department recommends that your kit include:
In addition, the police suggest that you may want to have on hand some
"items that can help with stress management." These might include
cuddly toys for small children, board games for older kids and "musical
instruments for anyone including adults."
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