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Seven Signs of Terrorism


  • Surveillance: Recording or monitoring activities. May include drawing diagrams note taking use of cameras binoculars or other vision-enhancing devices possessing floor plans or blueprints of key facilities.
  • Elicitation: Attempts to obtain information related to the operation security and/or personnel of a key facility. May be made by mail fax e-mail telephone or in person.
  • Tests of Security: Attempts to measure reaction times to security breaches or to penetrate physical security barriers or procedures in order to assess strengths and weaknesses.
  • Acquiring Supplies: Attempts to improperly acquire items that could be used in a terrorist act. May include the acquisition of explosives weapons chemicals flight manuals law enforcement or military equipment uniforms identification badges or the equipment to manufacture false identification.
  • Suspicious Persons: Someone who does not appear to belong in a workplace neighborhood or business establishment due to their behavior including unusual questions or statements they make.
  • Dry Runs/Trial Runs: Behavior that appears to be preparation for a terrorist act without actually committing the act. Activity could include mapping out routes and determining the timing of traffic lights and flow.
  • Deploying Assets: Placing people equipment and supplies into position to commit the act. This is the last opportunity to alert authorities before the terrorist act occurs.

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