What to Look Out For
Signs and Warning Signals of Criminal or Terrorist Behaviour
What are the Signs of Criminal or Terrorist Activity?
- Test of Security
Attempts to test security and response times when entering restricted areas.
People taking pictures and making notes. Prolonged activity in one area.
People buying unusual equipment, chemicals, uniforms, badges etc.
- Suspicious Characters
People who are clearly not local and whose actions do not fit into the daily routine of
What examples are there of suspicious activity?
- Filming adjacent to energy-related critical infrastructure, military bases, bridges and significant infrastructure.
- Filming security procedures whilst loitering around maritime facilities.
- Evasive answers to common boating questions; deliberate attempts to avoid contact with others or draw attention.
- Unusual activity, particularly late at night or early in the morning.
- Lack of or inappropriate equipment and knowledge for the environment. For example, boats moving at night with no navigational lighting; or crews of above average size, poor boat handling or inadequate dress.
- Insertion of strange objects into the waterways near bridges, pipes or critical infrastructure at unusual times or without normal support.
- Vessels entering designated maritime restricted areas (e.g. Adjacent to nuclear power plants, airports, etc.) or fishermen in non-typical locations.
- Suspicious characters or rentals.
- Someone asking to alter the usual route or trip a charter takes. Inappropriate large cash payments, daily extension of marina or port mooring.
- Efforts to gain employment at sensitive sites or with outside agencies who have access to potential targets.
- Deliberate recording of departure/docking procedures to include loading and off-loading of vehicles.
- Filming of security procedures/ID checks within a ferry terminal facility.
- Suspicious craft in close proximity to vessels underway and at the docking facility.
- Attempts to abandon a vehicle on-board a ferry and walk ashore.
- Consecutive round trips on the same ferry.
- Persons walking around the vessel, independent of each other, taking notes ostensibly on operations and meeting as a group after their observations are recorded to compare notes.
Article Published: April 19, 2012 14:25
Article Updated: April 12, 2013 14:52
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