On Thursday Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck were scheduled to roll out the L.A. version of national anti-terror program iWATCH, which encourages neighbors to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.
The program, billed as the “21st century version of Neighborhood Watch,” trains citizens to recognize suspicious behavior and asks them to report potential terrorists. Interestingly, it wants you to contact authorities if you see the following:
People measuring buildings or asking questions about security procedures; abandoned stuff; vehicles left front of major buildings; strangers in secure areas; people wearing oversize or overly warm clothing; chemical smells; people asking questions about building blueprints or VIP travel schedules; people buying items that can be used to make bombs; and purchasing uniforms without the proper credentials.
Of course, the above could apply to architects, soccer moms, drug dealers, journalists, rappers, paparazzi and actors. No matter. Call 877-A-THREAT. (The LAPD recently disbanded a core component of its counter-terrorism team, so it could use all the help it can get).