Suspicious Activity

GENERAL TIPS
  • Remain calm
  • Call USC Police at 911 (emergency) or at 803-777-4215 (non-emergency) depending on the situation and tell the dispatcher:
    • Your location
    • Person’s behavior
    • Person’s physical description
    • Person’s location and direction of travel
    • What you saw
    • Where and when it happened
    • Stay on the phone until released by the dispatcher
  • DO NOT let anyone into the building without proper authority
  • DO NOT engage in a physical confrontation with the person
  • DO NOT block the person’s exit
SIGNS OF SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY
  • Anything out of the ordinary
  • A person(s) running or leaving quickly—as if he or she were being watched or chased
  • A person(s) hauling property—lab equipment, laptops, books, bikes—at an unusual time or location
  • A person(s) going door to door in a residence hall or office
  • A person(s) pulling on multiple doorknobs or trying to open residence hall/office rooms
  • A person(s) pulling on car door handles or looking into multiple vehicles
  • A person(s) forcibly entering a locked vehicle or door
  • Car or person(s) repeatedly circulating the area
  • A person(s) being forced into a vehicle
  • Strange noises—arguing, yelling, gunshots, etc.
  • A person(s) exhibiting unusual mental or physical symptoms—person may be injured or under the influence of drugs
  • A person(s) who photographs, videotapes, sketches, or asks detailed questions about power plants, buildings, bridges, hospitals, utility infrastructure, etc.
  • A person(s) who doesn’t belong or who tries to gain access into a restricted area