Your observations of suspicious activity can help police make the community safer too. Try to note how the person looks, what he or she is wearing and the direction they go if they leave before police arrive. Quite often a vehicle is involved, so get the plate number if possible; even a few digits when combined with other features about the car can be useful.
Stay safe, never place yourself in danger when observing and reporting suspicious activity. Avoid confronting a suspicious person as well because you never know who you’re dealing with or what they are capable of doing. Someone who is contemplating a crime and risking the possibility of going to jail may act desperately to avoid being caught.
Finally, after a long and harsh winter, spring is officially here as the Red Sox return to action in a few days seeking to defend their World Series title. Best of luck to the 2014 Red Sox!
Tom Hanshaw is the crime prevention officer for the Amesbury Police Department.