Terrorism Awareness

Canada as a country has not often been targeted specifically for a terrorist attack. For this reason, people have come to associate terrorism with violence and tragic events that occur in other countries. However, terrorism is a real threat everywhere.

Law enforcement, intelligence, and security communities have been working together to identify and apprehend terrorists to prevent an attack from occurring in Canada. These tips are not intended to invoke fear, but rather to create a greater awareness and understanding for everyone.

What is Terrorism?

The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group
against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.

How to Recognize the Warning Signs

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Trust your instincts.
  • Know your neighbors and regular maintenance and cleaning people.

Behaviors and Indicators of Suspicious Activity

  • Persons with an unusual or prolonged interest in facility security measures and
    access points.
  • Persons who are interested in the habits of users in a particular area. Perhaps they
    have an interest in obtaining site plans for University buildings, utilities, etc.
  • Unexplained presence of unauthorized persons in places where they should not be.
  • Unusual activity involving the use of video cameras and cameras.
  • Unusual or strong odor coming from a building, vehicle, letter or parcel.
  • Fraudulent identification, such as fake passports or driver’s licenses.
  • Use common sense when assessing the suspicious nature of packages or parcels. Look for indicators such as excessive postage, no return address, misspelling of common names and addresses, leakage/staining, excessive packaging, or are markings such as urgent, special delivery or “to be opened only by” a specific person.
  • Large, unusual, high-risk deliveries; watch for vehicles delivering hazardous materials parked or driving in an inappropriate area or unusual deliveries of chemicals or fertilizer.
  • Unattended backpacks or parcels in a public place.
  • Unusual purchases or thefts; pay attention to any purchases, rentals or thefts of uniforms, explosives, weapons, ammunition, propane bottles, toxic chemicals, or vehicles able to contain or haul hazardous materials.

Who to Report to

  • If you think a life is in danger or a serious crime is about to be committed, call 911.
  • If it is not an emergency, but you think the person or situation should be
    investigated, call Protective Services at (780) 492-5050. Never put yourself in danger by confronting suspicious activity.

Tips may also be submitted to the National Security Tip Line at 1-800-420-5805 to report information regarding terrorism, criminal extremism or suspicious activities which could pose a threat to national safety and security.