Understanding Suspicious Activity

Suspicious activity can be a gray area. When someone sees something that looks strange or concerning, they may ignore it because they aren’t certain if it presents a risk or they don’t want to cause any trouble. This is why it’s critical to educate your students, faculty, and staff about identifying and reporting suspicious activity and incidents so that they can be addressed.

Suspicious activity is any behavior or activity outside of the norm that may indicate a future crime or security incident. Your community knows what is normal, when someone might need help, or when something is out of place and may pose a risk. It’s important to empower community members to confidently report their concerns so that the right people can look into it. LiveSafe makes this easy.

Use this Toolkit to help your community better understand what suspicious activity looks like so that they feel empowered to report it.

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Report Suspicious Activity Infographic presents what suspicious activity is, different examples, and how LiveSafe can be used to report such incidents.

Share the infographic during Welcome Week and distribute the infographic on social media or other student communication channels to build awareness in your community.

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Reporting Suspicious Activity Video discusses how to report something suspicious on the LiveSafe Mobile App.

Share this how-to video on social media to build awareness around this LiveSafe capability and instruct your community how to do it.

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Suspicious Activity Examples provide realistic examples of suspicious activity that will resonate with your community.

Discuss examples of suspicious activity when introducing students and faculty to available resources, share on social media and encourage reporting through the LiveSafe App.

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5 Ways to Use LiveSafe for Suspicious Activity Infographic explains how five key features of the LiveSafe Mobile App can be used to address suspicious activity in your community.

Share this infographic with your institution’s LiveSafe administrators to help them understand the many ways that LiveSafe can help your institution prevent and address suspicious activity.

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Tips to Protect Your Institution with LiveSafe

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  1. Empower students, faculty, and staff to report suspicious activity and other types of safety and security incidents to protect their community by educating them about what resources are available, and what suspicious activity or other tip types look like.

  2. Remind your community that they can choose to remain anonymous when reporting suspicious behavior. This will help alleviate hesitations to reporting for fear of compromised personal safety or other repercussions.

  3. Send broadcast messages reminding students to report concerns of suspicious activity during large events such as sports games, on-campus events, holidays, etc.