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Everyone Collects Information

  • Published
  • By Staff Sgt. Krista Fitzgerald
  • 43rd Airlift Wing Antiterrorism Office
The holiday season is in full swing, and now more than ever, is time to be aware of suspicious activity such as scams and the potential of low-level collection of sensitive information.

There are several signs to be aware of, some are obvious, while others are usually only seen by the most vigilant.

If someone is taking pictures of the installation, report it immediately to the Eagle Eyes Program. Do not try to approach or follow them.

Make sure to report accurate information; get as much detail as possible. Even the smallest piece of information can be the key to solving a great puzzle. If the individual is in a vehicle, record the make, model, license plate number and color. This is very useful information for law enforcement to track down the person. A description of the person with as much detail also helps investigators.

Someone who is waiting around too long, or has no reason to be at a location are possible signs that the person is collecting information. If the person tries to conceal their appearance with excessive clothing, even though the temperature disagrees with it, could be another sign. Seeing that the vendor has no interest in the customers that they are serving, or that their focus is elsewhere can be a key indicator.

When off base, do not flash credentials around or talk about work in an open setting. Leave work at work. It allows for those that don't need the information to overhear it. Today, individuals can never be sure who is or isn't collecting information. If someone is especially interested in what you are doing, where you work, or how the base works, this should raise a red flag. Sometimes this is harmless curiosity, but it is the one occasion you can't account for that could be detrimental.

Regardless if it is the holiday season or any other time of year, you are fighting everyday to protect the U.S. and all it stands for. This should include information protection. Be safe, stay alert and remain aware. If it doesn't look right -- report it to the Eagle Eye Program at 394-2800.