Suspicious Activity

A suspicious activity is anything that an average person would consider unusual given the activity, time, place, and/or location. These types of incidents usually involve a suspicious person, vehicle, and/or object.


  • Person carrying unusual property given the time of day or location.
  • Person loitering in a way that is inconsistent with the usual purpose of the area; perhaps at a bike rack, in between rows of cars, around lockers, or in a way as if to conceal himself or herself from view.
  • Vehicle idling with the lights off at night in a dark area.
  • An unattended bag in a high-occupancy area.

Action Guidelines

If you discover a suspicious object on campus:

  • Do not touch, tamper with, move, cover, insulate, or open the object.
  • Keep a safe distance from the suspicious object. A distance of at least 300 feet is recommended.
  • Call your campus emergency phone number.
  • If you encounter a suspicious vehicle or person on campus:
    • Keep a safe distance from the vehicle or person.
    • Call your campus emergency phone number.
    • Be as detailed as possible when describing the suspicious person or vehicle.

Personal Characteristics:

  • Sex/Gender
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Height/Weight/Age
  • Clothing Type/Color
  • Hair Style/Color
  • Distinguishing marks
  • Location
  • Direction of travel
  • Method of travel

Vehicle Characteristics:

  • Color
  • Year
  • Make
  • Body Style/Model
  • License plate number and state
  • Distinctive Marks/Accessories
  • Location
  • Direction of travel
  • Occupants (number and description)


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