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Safety and Security

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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 333 from an Texas A&M Engineering Building phone, 4423.0333 from a mobile phone 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 (333 from a Texas A&M Engineering Building phone or +974.4423.0333 from a mobile or outside phone).
  • Make a list of all people in the room or area when the letter or package was recognized; provide the list to responding security.