Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department reminds the public to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings for behaviors connected to terrorism. The LAPD designed iWatch to provide a reporting mechanism for members of the public who witness suspicious behavior or activity that may have a nexus to terrorism.
iWatch, referred to as the “21st century version of Neighborhood Watch,” is designed to enable members of the public to help protect their communities by identifying and reporting suspicious behaviors and activities possibly linked to terrorism. The Los Angeles Police Department unveiled iWatch, the community reporting component of “If You See Something, Say Something.”
“As LA’s Chief of Police, it is my primary duty to keep everyone safe,” said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. “The iWatch program is the embodiment of community based policing and the police partnering with the community. If You See Something, Say Something, go to iWatchLA.org is a clear message that encourages people in our communities to report suspicious behaviors and activities that may have a nexus to terrorism.”
Not only does iWatch provide Los Angeles residents a venue to report suspicious behaviors, but more importantly it involves and educates the public about suspicious activities and behaviors, not personal characteristics, that may be associated with terrorist activities. Such activities include but are not limited to, unusual interest in building security measures, unattended vehicles in No Parking zones, and purchasing of equipment that can make bombs. All reports are reviewed by trained detectives and kept confidential. Reporters can remain anonymous if desired.
A simple observation, a single report can lead to actions that may stop a terrorist attack. Individuals can call the threat line at 1-877-A-THREAT (1-877-284-7328), call 911 if an emergency or crime is occurring, contact their local police station or go to www.lapdonline.org/iwatchla to file a report. At the website, more terrorism related information is also available by viewing an educational film or PSA. For more information, contact Sergeant Rudy Lopez, iWatch Liaison Officer, at (213) 486-5902 or LAPD Media Relations Section at (213) 486-5910.