Terrorism awareness and reporting

Homeland Security Advisory System
You can report information about suspicious persons or activities that may be related to terrorism or criminal activity 24 hours a day. All information is evaluated by Menlo Park Police Officers and investigated. Your assistance is crucial to aiding Menlo Park Police Officers, who are working to keep the city of Menlo Park safe.

Always remember that your safety comes first. Never attempt to make contact with, pursue, or in any other way interfere with an individual or group of individuals whom you think are acting suspiciously. Call 911 immediately to report suspicious activity in progress.

The following are items that will be useful to officers when submitting a suspicious activity report. When observing suspicious activity, please try to note the following information and include that information in your report.

Suspicious individuals
  • Hair color / length
  • Absence or presence of facial hair, and if present, facial hair color
  • Eye color
  • Approximate age
  • Approximate weight
  • Distinguishing characteristics, such as visible scars, tattoos, piercings, or deformities
  • Clothing, including pants / shorts / skirt / dress, shirt sleeve length, presence of coat / jacket, hat or glasses, color of all articles of clothing
Suspicious vehicles
  • License plate number and state
  • Vehicle make / model
  • Approximate year of vehicle
  • Vehicle color
  • Number of doors on vehicle
  • Any visible bumper stickers or window stickers, including their size, color, and content
  • Any visible damage to vehicle, such as paint damage, body damage, broken / missing glass, damaged or non-working head or tail lamps
Suspicious activities
  • Occupied vehicle sitting idle or parked
  • Individuals taking photos or videotaping a potential target facility (landmarks, public buildings, power plants, water treatment facilities, etc.)
  • Individuals taking detailed or extensive notes outside a potential target facility
Pre-attack indicators
Prior to a terrorist attack, there are usually behaviors and activities which are carried out by individuals, and these activities may expose the planned attack. This is the best opportunity to detect and disrupt the event. These pre-incident indicators will usually fall under one of the eight signs of terrorism. However, even if the activity does not fit into one of these categories and it looks out of place, say or do something. Preventing a terrorist attack is everyone's responsibility.