Recognizing & Reporting Terrorist Activity

Signs of Terrorist Activity

  • Someone bragging or talking about plans to harm citizens in violent attacks or who claims membership in a terrorist organization that espouses killing innocent people
  • Suspicious packages, luggage, or mail that have been abandoned in a crowded place such as an office building, airport, school, or shopping center
  • Suspicious letter or package that arrives in the mail
  • Someone suspiciously exiting a secured, non-public area near a train or a bus depot, airport, tunnel, bridge, government building, or tourist attraction
  • Any type of activity or circumstance that seems frightening or unusual within the normal routines of your neighborhood, community, and workplace
  • Someone unfamiliar loitering in a parking lot, government building, or around a school or playground
  • Someone using or threatening to use a gun or other weapon, place a bomb, or release a poisonous substance in to the air, water, or food supply
  • Strange odors, smoke, fire, or an explosion
  • Abandoned vehicles

Reporting Terrorist Activity

If this is an emergency or the crime is in progress, dial 911 on your telephone.


  • Gaston County Police Department: 704-866-3320
  • Crime Stoppers: 704-861-8000

Please provide:

  • Your name and address
  • A brief description of the event - what happened, when, where, and who was involved
  • Description of the suspect:
    • Sex
    • Race
    • Age
    • Height
    • Weight
    • Hair color
    • Clothing
    • Distinctive characteristics such as beard, mustache, scars, or accent
  • Description of the vehicle if one was involved:
    • Color
    • Make
    • Model
    • Year
    • License plate
    • Special features such as stickers, dents, or decals
  • Where you think the suspicious person(s) may have gone