8 Signs of Terrorism
Terrorist operations usually begin with extensive planning. You can help prevent and
detect terrorism and other types of crime by watching out for suspicious activities
and reporting them to the proper authorities. Be alert for the eight signs of terrorism!
Someone recording or monitoring activities. This may include the use of cameras, note
taking, drawing diagrams, annotating on maps, or using binoculars or other vision-enhancing
People or organizations attempting to gain information about military operations,
capabilities, or people. Elicitation attempts may be made by mail, email, telephone,
or in person. This could also include eavesdropping or friendly conversation.
3. Tests of Security
Any attempts to measure reaction times to security breaches, attempts to penetrate
physical security barriers, or monitor procedures in order to assess strengths and
Suspicious transactions involving large cash payments, deposits, or withdrawals are
common signs of terrorist funding. Collections for donations, the solicitation for
money and criminal activity are also warning signs.
Purchasing or stealing explosives, weapons, ammunition, etc. This also includes acquiring
military uniforms, decals, flight manuals, passes or badges (or the equipment to manufacture
such items) and any other controlled items.
People who don't seem to belong in the workplace, neighborhood, business establishment,
or anywhere else. This includes suspicious border crossings, the impersonation of
law enforcement, military personnel, or company employees is also a sign.
Putting people in position and moving them around according to their plan without
actually committing the terrorist act. An element of this activity could also include
mapping out routes and determining the timing of traffic lights and flow.
People and supplies getting into position to commit the act. This is the person's
last chance to alert authorities before the terrorist act occurs.