program accepts tips via website, mobile app
AUSTIN – In light of the attack in Las
Vegas over the weekend and as part of national Crime Prevention Month
(October), the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is calling on all Texans
to remain vigilant regarding potential crime and terrorist activity in their
communities, and to report suspicious behaviors to local authorities or the
department’s iWATCH website at www.iwatchtx.org.
“In the wake of the cowardly attack in
Las Vegas, we continue to keep everyone impacted by this tragedy in our
thoughts and prayers,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “We also want to remind
the public of the potentially crucial role they play in helping law enforcement
combat groups and lone-wolf actors intent on harming others. No matter where
you are – alone or in a large group – always stay alert, and report any illegal
or suspicious activity you witness to iWATCH or to your local authorities.”
The iWATCH program was created as a
partnership between communities and law enforcement, and utilizes
citizen-sourced tips related to criminal activity. Concerned citizens who
observe suspicious activity can visit the iWATCH website – www.iwatchtx.org – to fill out a report. A
report usually takes fewer than five minutes to complete, and once submitted,
each report is reviewed by law enforcement analysts. To make an anonymous
report, individuals can contact DPS at 1-844-643-2251. (iWATCH is not designed to
report emergencies. If a situation requires an emergency response, call 911.)
for terrorist attacks may often be seen but rarely reported. When in doubt,
Here are some examples of behaviors and activities to report:
asking questions about building security features and procedures.
suitcase, backpack or package is left behind.
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
Reports to iWATCH can also
be made through the DPS Mobile App. The app is
currently available for iPhone users on the Apple App Store: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/texas-dps/id902092368?mt=8)
and for Android users on Google Play: (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microassist.texasdps&hl=en).