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Mayor David: If You See Something, Say Something

By FOX 40 Staff.
On Tuesday, Binghamton Mayor Rich David joined state and federal public safety officials in reminding residents to contact law enforcement regarding any suspicious activity that could indicate terrorism or a terrorism-related crime.

“While we do not know of any credible threats here in Binghamton, the New Year’s Eve arrest in Rochester just a few hours away emphasizes the reality of homegrown terrorism in Upstate New York,” said Mayor David.

On Dec. 31, Emanuel Lutchman, 25, was arrested for planning a New Year’s Eve machete attack at a Rochester restaurant. The man was charged with attempting to provide support and resources to the Islamic State, or ISIS, according to law enforcement officials.

Mayor David continued, “I’ve often said that residents know their neighborhoods best, and act as the eyes and ears for our police department. If anything seems out of the ordinary, especially near public gathering places like churches, schools or parks, residents should not hesitate to pass information to the Binghamton Police Department who will investigate and consult with state and federal agencies, if necessary.”

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says suspicious activity includes:

• Unusual items or situations: A vehicle is parked in an odd location, a package/luggage is unattended, a window/door is open that is usually closed, or other out-of-the-ordinary situations occur.

• Eliciting information: A person questions individuals at a level beyond curiosity about a building’s purpose, operations, security procedures and/or personnel, shift changes, etc.

• Observation/surveillance: Someone pays unusual attention to facilities or buildings beyond a casual or professional interest. This includes extended loitering without explanation (particularly in concealed locations); unusual, repeated, and/or prolonged observation of a building (e.g., with binoculars or video camera); taking notes or measurements; counting paces; sketching floor plans, etc.

The activities above are not all-inclusive, but have been compiled based on studies of pre-operational aspects of both successful and thwarted terrorist events over several years, according to DHS. Factors such as race, ethnicity, and/or religious affiliation are not suspicious.

Residents can contact the Binghamton Police Department at (607) 723-5321 to provide information on suspicious activity.