DISTRIBUTION PRESS RELEASE
March 20, 2018
Media and Communications Office
to Stay Vigilant, Report Suspicious Activity to Authorities
AUSTIN – In the wake of the recent bomb
explosions in Texas that have killed two and injured several other victims, the
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging all Texans to remain
vigilant and to immediately report any suspicious activity to authorities. If a situation requires an emergency response,
NOT approach any unknown or suspicious packages or items – keep a safe distance
and notify the authorities immediately.
Anyone with information related to the
recent bomb explosions is urged to contact the TIPS Hotline 512-472-TIPS (8477)
or 1-800-893-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted online via Austin Police
Department’s free mobile app (on iPhone and Android). Individuals who provide
information may remain anonymous and could collect reward money. For
information about the ongoing investigation and reward money being offered,
visit the FBI
are some examples of behaviors/activities that Texans anywhere in the state
should always report to authorities:
briefcase, suitcase or backpack is left unattended.
asking questions about building security features and procedures.
or trucks are left in no-parking zones at important buildings.
smells or fumes that are unusual for the location.
requesting sensitive information, such as blueprints, security plans or
VIP travel schedules, without a need to know.
supplies that could be used to make bombs or weapons, or purchasing
uniforms without having the proper credentials.
photographs or videos of security features, such as cameras or
Texans throughout the state can report
suspicious activity to their local law enforcement or through iWATCH (Texas’ suspicious activity
reporting program) – either online or by calling in an anonymous report at