Reporting John Shumway
PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) - Since the Boston Marathon bombings, law enforcement across the country has been on high alert, and with that, Allegheny County is asking that if you see something, say something.
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald talked KDKA-AM’s John Shumway about the push for “See Something, Say Something, Send Something.”
“We want people to be vigilant,” says Fitzgerald. “The week before the Boston Marathon incident, locally, we had about 130 calls from people seeing something suspicious. The week after, we had 300. Obviously, people’s sensitivity has become heightened.”
While many reports are for harmless items or innocent odd behavior, law enforcement agencies want to remind you that that may not always be the case, and reporting suspicious activity has become even easier if you have a smart phone.
“The state police have an app that you can download on your smart phone,” says Fitzgerald. “You can take a picture of something you see that might make you uncomfortable, and you can send it on to the state police and they can take a look at it.”
Fitzgerald also warns that while we should all be vigilant, there also comes a level of common sense.
“We don’t want to be overly paranoid, but if we do so see something or some activity that doesn’t look right, send it in and let the police at least look at it and make some sort of judgement.”