Safety and Security
Recognizing and Reporting Suspicious Activity
Personnel who work in research environments should be aware of the potential for sabotage and or threats from animal rights, anti-technology and environmental extremists. It is important to recognize suspicious activity and report it to security.
Suspicious activity that should be reported immediately to security:
- Unknown Individuals loitering in and around your building, laboratory, or office.
- Inquiries regarding animal or technological research from individuals or organizations you do not know.
- Inquiries regarding the locations of animal or technological research facilities.
- Individuals who exhibit extreme curiosity or interest in your research or research facility.
- Any unknown vehicles parked at your facility for an extended period of time.
When reporting suspicious activity to the police:
- In an emergency situation dial 4454.0999 from within Education City or 999 from outside Education City.
- Provide the police with detailed information about the incident.
- Provide a detailed description of the individual or individuals involved.
- If a vehicle is involved, provide information regarding the license plate number, make, model, and color.
- If possible, provide any associated phone numbers or copies of suspicious emails or voice mail recordings.
Researcher personal protection strategies:
- Ensure all laboratory work areas are appropriately secured and locked down before leaving the area.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Contact security regarding any suspicious persons or activities near your residence or workplace.
- Never open your residential or office door without knowing who is on the other side.
- If someone comes to your home or office stating that he/she is a police officer, utility company worker, etc., ask to see identification. If you are unsure, call the agency they represent and verify their identity.
- Ensure all animal care areas are locked down.
- Do not touch any suspicious packages and report them immediately to the security at 4423.0097 while on campus or your local law enforcement agency if at home.
- Immediately report all suspicious inquiries about animal research or inquiries about locations of research facilities to the security.
What to look for and what to do if you receive a suspicious letter or package
What to look for — suspicious letter indicators:
- no return address
- restrictive markings (personal, special delivery, etc.)
- possibly mailed from a foreign country
- excessive postage
- misspelled words
- addressed to title only or incorrect title
- badly typed or written
What to look for — suspicious package indicators:
- similar characteristics of a suspicious letter
- wrong title or name
- lopsided or uneven package
- rigid or bulky
- protruding wires
- strange odor
- oily stains, discoloration or crystallization on wrapper
- excessive tape or string
Steps for handling a suspicious unopened letter or package:
- Handle with care; do not shake or bump the contents of the envelope or package.
- Isolate the envelope or package and look for indicators.
- Don’t open — treat it as suspect.
- Leave the room and close the door or section off the area; keep others from entering.
- Report the incident immediately to Texas A&M University at Qatar security (4423.0097).
- Make a list of all people in the room or area when the letter or package was recognized; provide the list to responding security.