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Williamsport Police Bureau Chief Justin Snyder recently spoke with the city council about a public safety issue that all residents could consider regarding the detection of suspicious activity across the city in relation to the fact to witness a real crime.
Police have asked the public to help by acting as their eyes and ears when they cannot be at the scene.
“Have you seen anything suspicious all over town? Snyder asked. “Tell local law enforcement something, fix them,” he said.
Residents and visitors can report suspicious activity by calling 1-888-292-1919, or emailing [email protected] or downloading the See Send app for Android or iPhone.
Regardless of how it is submitted, all tips are reviewed by PaCIC analysts and forwarded to the appropriate local, state or federal law enforcement agency for investigation, if required.
The Sun-Gazette called the number and spoke with someone on the whistleblower line.
“I just want to reiterate the difference between suspicious activity and active criminal activity,” Snyder said. “If you see active criminal activity, please call 911. Not the tip line.”
There is a difference between the two and the police have set up a suspicious activity hotline.
The following are examples of suspicious activity versus an active crime:
• A stranger strolling through a neighborhood.
• A vehicle criss-crossing the streets repeatedly.
• An individual looking out of a car window.
• An individual loitering around schools, parks or secluded areas. Examples include observing through binoculars, taking notes, attempting to measure distances, etc.
• Discovery of an unusual quantity of weapons or explosives that would arouse the suspicion of a reasonable person.
• Acquisition of unusual quantities of precursor materials such as cell phones, pagers, fuel and timers such that a reasonable person would suspect criminal activity.