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Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR)

Contact Info

Anaheim Police Department
425 S. Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
Tel: 714-765-1431
e-mail: csar@anaheim.net

We encourage the reporting
of suspicious activity and
behavior. Race, ethnicity, and
religious affiliation are not
indicators of suspicious


The Anaheim Police Department is committed to working with federal, state, and other local law enforcement to prevent the threat of terrorism in the city. Citizens have a vital role in our efforts to keep the city safe.

The Anaheim Police Department Suspicious Activity Reporting system is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for citizens to email with information about suspicious persons or circumstances that may be related to terrorism or criminal activity. All information is evaluated, analyzed and investigated.

Do not ignore your feelings of uneasiness about a person or circumstances you may encounter. If you observe someone or something unusual or suspicious that may be related to terrorism or criminal activity, take the time to complete the online report and have the situation checked out.






What is a Suspicious Activity Report

The Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) is a report  used to document suspicious persons or circumstances that may be related to terrorism or criminal activity. It is like a 21st century neighborhood watch for the whole City of Anaheim. A Suspicious Activity Report brings in information from the community; people who know best what is out of the ordinary in their neighborhood. It is a combined effort between the Anaheim Police Department, other local, state and federal law enforcement to keep us all safe.  Observing suspicious activity is a shared responsibility, if you see SEE something, HEAR something, SMELL something or even FEEL something is suspicious, REPORT IT.  You can even do it anonymously.  The information we obtain from you will be used wisely and constitutionally.  A single lead or tip can lead to actions that can stop criminal activity and even a terrorist attack.

Always remember: 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, or complete a Suspicious Activity Report for ongoing suspicious activities.

We encourage the reporting of suspicious activity and behavior. Race, ethnicity, and religious affiliation are not indicators of suspicious activity.













Pre-Attack Indicators

What are pre-attack indicators?

Prior to a terrorist attack, there are usually behaviors and activities which are carried out by individuals and these activities my 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 categories listed below. 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.

The 8 Signs of Terrorism

Surveillance –Watching a building, or other venue from a nearby location. Using binoculars, cameras, taking measurements drawing diagrams, etc. This may include measuring the response times of law enforcement or other emergency responders. Taking photographs with no esthetic value.

Elicitation- Asking suspicious questions: How many employees/guests? What types of security? Evacuation plans? Building plans? Ingress and egress routes?  Shift changes?

Test of Security- Any attempts to measure reaction times to security breaches or to penetrate physical security barriers or procedures in order to test the strengths and weaknesses.  This may include abandoning suspicious package, suitcase, backpack or other or item.

Financing/ Funding- 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.

Acquiring or attempting to acquire supplies- Can include; Conventional weapons- guns, ammunition and knives. Non-conventional weapons- explosives or their precursors, chemical, biological or radiological material. Additionally, this may include acquiring hospital / medical uniforms, scrubs, fraudulent identifications, keys and key cards and other related identification for access to any secured building or area. This may include otherwise legal items such as: pool chemicals, fuel, and fertilizer by individuals who may have no reasonable need to possess such items.  Stockpiling large amounts of currency. Multiple passports, identifications or travel documents.

Suspicious persons out of place – People who don’t seem to belong in the workplace, campus, property, adjacent businesses or anywhere else. Includes clients/patients served by a medical facility or transport service.

Dry Run- Putting people into positions and moving them around according to their plan without actually committing the crime/terrorist act. This activity also includes mapping out routes, determining the timing of patrols and routines of individuals, services and traffic lights.

Deploying assets - People and supplies are put into position to commit the terrorist act. This may be the final stage before the crime/terrorist act occurs.





Reporting Terrorism/ Criminal Activity Tips

Your assistance is critical to aiding law enforcement and public safety officials, who are working to keep the City of Anaheim, your local community and our entire country safe.

The following are items that will be useful to Anaheim PD Investigators when you email to report a suspicious activity.

When observing suspicious activity, please try to note the following information and include that information in your report;

Regarding Suspicious Individuals:

  • Hair color/ length
  • Absence or presence of facial hair, and if present, facial hair color
  • Eye color
  • Approximate age
  • Approximate height
  • 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, wearing/not wearing hat or glasses, color of all articles of clothing

Regarding 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

Regarding 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

Details matter. The more you observe, the more helpful your information will be. HOWEVER, all information is important. Even if you do not have complete details, please take the time to complete the report.





Important Links

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