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University of California, Irvine Police Department
Wednesday October 16th, 2013 :: 10:38 a.m. PDT


Have you seen the giant red backpack? If You See Something, Say Something.

Have you seen a giant 10-foot tall, red backpack on Ring Road? The backpack is a highly visible and compelling reminder for people to use common sense to report things that do not seem right, such as an unattended object left in a public place or near important buildings. If You See Something, Say Something.

An alert public can play a role in keeping our community safe. Simply, be aware of your surroundings when in public and report something that does not seem “right."

What is something that is not “right?” As you go about your daily routine, you know your surroundings and no one can spot something odd or out of place better than you. You are encouraged to use common sense to report questionable objects or behavior that could be indicative of terrorism.

What To Look For

The following are a few examples to help you identify a questionable object or behavior:
• An unattended bag, briefcase or box in a public venue
• Someone drawing or measuring important buildings
• Strangers asking questions about security or building security procedures
• Cars or trucks left in No Parking Zones in front of important buildings or venues
• Unusual smells or smoke that worries you
• The purchase of supplies or equipment that can be used to make bombs or weapons

How To Report Something

Reporting to the authorities is simple. For imminent threats, always call 9-1-1. Otherwise, call your local police department. UCIPD's non-emergency line is (949) 824-5223.

Most importantly, DO NOT take direct action, confront anyone, reveal your suspicions or touch an object. Just contact the authorities.

What NOT To Report

The campaign does not promote spying on others or making judgments based on a person’s race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation. Community members are encouraged to report situations and behavior as possible terrorist or violent acts rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations or speech unrelated to criminal activity.

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We encourage the community to partner with the UC Irvine Police Department to prevent or report crime by calling (949) 824-5223. If you wish to remain Anonymous, call “OC Crime Stoppers” by dialing 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227), text "OCCS" plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or use the website

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UC Irvine Police Department
(949) 824-5223

University of California, Irvine Police Department
410 East Peltason Drive
Irvine, CA 92697

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 949-824-5223

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