Stay safe, stay vigilant

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Michigan State Police is reminding Michigan residents to be vigilant of suspicious activity.

There are no known threats to Michigan at this time, but Michigan State Police members say that the recent terrorism-related incident in Belgium serves as a reminder for residents and law enforcement to be prepared and alert.

“Every resident plays a role in keeping our communities safe and secure,” said Sault Ste. Marie Post F/Lt. Joe Shier, “if someone sees something that appears suspicious, out of place or just doesn’t seem right, they should immediately say something to law enforcement.”

The steps to being vigilant come down to paying attention to your surroundings, knowing how to react if something happens, and recognizing potential indicators of suspicious activity or behavior.

Michiganders should be on the lookout for several indicators of suspicious activity:
— An unattended object or one that appears out of place, especially in crowded or public areas
— Individuals exhibiting strange or abnormal behavior
— Someone entering or exiting blocked or unauthorized areas
— Individuals who quickly leave when seen or approached
— A strong odor coming from a vehicle or building
— Someone tampering or interfering with surveillance cameras
— A vehicle that seems out of place
— Someone taking photos, videos, or drawings of high-profile or highly populated buildings or structures
— Exposed wiring or other abnormalities

If you see something suspicious, immediately call 911 for emergencies. For non-emergencies, suspicious activity can be reported to the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center by phone at 1-855-MICH-TIP (855-642-4847), online by clicking here.

For more information about spotting suspicious activity, click here.

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Caleb Scanlon
Caleb M. Scanlon is a reporter for ABC 10 / CW 5 and joined the news team in 2015. He grew up in Negaunee, where he attended Negaunee High School. Caleb completed his Bachelor's degree in Media Production and New Technologies from Northern Michigan University with a minor in Communication Studies. Caleb interned with ABC 10 / CW 5 in the fall of 2014. During his free time, Caleb enjoys spending time with his wife Samantha, his kids Fred and Lucy, and his cats Scotty, Remus, and Fitzgerald. Caleb plays a multitude of musical instruments and performs in a band called Concord Through Keys. When there isn't snow on the ground, Caleb can often be found at Al-Quaal playing disc golf.