‘If you see something, say something’ concept intends to protect


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – This morning’s events at the Goodwill Industries and NexStep Alliance turned out to not be a dangerous situation. But the cautious response by those who discovered live ammunition inside the building is not a bad thing.

“If you see something, say something” is a campaign adopted by the US Department of Homeland Security, intending to teach citizens to not be afraid to contact authorities if they see something or someone out-of-place. Recently, a neighbor’s sighting of strangers in their next door neighbor’s home led to an arrest of several suspects for burglary.

“A lot of it comes down to being aware, being aware of your surroundings, knowing what is the norm for your neighborhood. Knowing what the norm is for your neighbor’s residence, when they’re supposed to be there, when they’re not supposed to be there, if there’s a vehicle there that’s new to the neighborhood. If there’s someone inside the residence that isn’t supposed to be in the residence, that type of activity we encourage everyone to call 911,” officer Paul Cruz with Wichita Police Department said.

The situation at Goodwill Industries stemmed from someone seeing something out of the ordinary, and taking appropriate action.

The department of Homeland Security says if a situation requires calling 911, to describe specifically what you observed, including: who or what you saw; when you saw it; where it occurred; and why it’s suspicious.

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