Editorial submitted by AlertID
In light of the San Bernardino tragedy and recent events around the globe, Americans are looking to feel safe and secure in their daily lives. The Homeland Security "See Something, Say Something" campaign was implemented to encourage residents to share information with authorities and raise awareness in communities.
The free AlertID app helps you to do just that. It allows you to stay informed of crimes and suspicious activity in your neighborhood and includes a virtual neighborhood watch, giving you the ability to post concerns and photos to all members in your neighborhood(s) from any location.
Informed, vigilant communities play a crucial part in keeping this nation safe. Alert citizens are the eyes and ears of law enforcement. AlertID has millions of members in all 50 states. It alerts members with up-to-date crime and other information for the neighborhoods they care about. It also encourages members to look out for one another and share necessary information with law enforcement, helping to reduce crime.
When it comes to suspicious activity, pay attention to what seems out of place in your neighborhood or near your work. If something is suspicious, trust your instincts and contact local police.
Below are examples of suspicious behavior you may witness in your neighborhood or near your workplace:
•Someone pays unusual attention to facilities or buildings beyond a casual or professional interest.
•Someone who is recording, photographing or monitoring activities that appear to be more than just typical curiosity.
•Someone who doesn't seem to belong in the workplace, neighborhood, business establishment or anywhere else.
•Someone acting in a nervous or suspicious manner.
•People who are in places they should not be, as well as people who do not fit into the daily routine of surroundings or an emergency scene.
•A person wearing unusually bulky, loose-fitting apparel inconsistent with current weather conditions.
•Suspicious or abandoned vehicles.
AlertID, a nationwide neighborhood safety network, is available for free online as well as on a smartphone. Millions of members in all 50 states and more than 30 countries are able to view an interactive map displaying crimes, sex offenders and neighbor posts in their selected neighborhoods.
Members can receive alerts and information for multiple locations such as their homes, schools or offices, including law enforcement emergency alerts, crime and sex offender alerts, severe weather, fire and earthquake alerts, a full library of prevention tips and more. Additionally, the app acts as a virtual neighborhood watch where members can share photos and information regarding suspicious activity with neighbors.
The AlertID mobile app is available for download on iTunes or the Android market. To sign up for an AlertID account or for more information, go to www.AlertID.com.