Do you know the warning signs of terrorism? Is the church a potential target? The report released by the 9/11 Commission mentioned our State 59 times. The Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC) has identified eight signs of terrorism and they want you to be familiar with them. These signs may be observed in a variety of locations, including many that could occur at churches. Here is a summary of the eight signs, for more detailed information including a video visit the ACTIC Website at azactic.com.
Surveillance - Recording or monitoring activities for the purpose of gathering information or intelligence. May include the use of cameras, note-taking, drawing diagrams or maps.
Elicitation- Attempting to gain and gather information about operations, infrastructure, or people whether face-to-face, eaves dropping, email, mail, phone calls, and asking questions.
Testing Security- Attempts to measure reaction times to security, penetrate physical security barriers, monitor procedures, assess security. People testing security and pushing the limit.
Financing- Suspicious transactions involving large cash payments, deposits, or withdrawals are common signs of terrorist funding.
Supply Acquisition - Purchasing or stealing explosives, weapons, ammo, etc. May include acquiring uniforms, decals, flight manuals, passes, ID badges.
Suspicious Person Out of Place - People who don't seem to belong in the workplace, neighborhood, or in a particular building or area.
Rehearsals- Putting people in position and moving them around according to their plan without actually committing the terrorist act.
Deployment - 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.