Emergencies - What to Do?! : Suspicious Activity

Emergency: Suspicious Activity

A suspicious activity is anything that an average person would consider unusual given the activity, time, place and/ or location. These types of incidents usually involve a suspicious person, vehicle and/or object.


  • Person carrying unusual property given the time of day or location.
  • Person loitering in a way that is inconsistent with the usual purpose of the area; perhaps at a bike rack, in-between rows of cars, around lockers, or in a way as if to conceal himself or herself from view.
  • Vehicle idling with the lights off at night in a dark area.
  • An unattended bag in a high occupancy area.


If you discover a suspicious object on campus:

  • Do not touch, tamper with, move, cover, insulate or open the object.
  • Keep a safe distance from the suspicious object. A distance of at least 300 feet is recommended.
  • Call Security: 305-243-6000.

If you encounter a suspicious vehicle or person on campus:

  • Keep a safe distance from the vehicle or person.
  • Call Security: 305-243-6000.
  • Be as detailed as possible when describing the suspicious person or vehicle.

Personal Characteristics to note:

  • Sex/Gender
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Height/Weight/Age
  • Clothing Type/Color
  • Hair Style/Color
  • Distinguishing Marks
  • Location
  • Direction of Travel
  • Method of Travel

Vehicle Characteristics to note:

  • Color
  • Year
  • Make
  • Body style/Model
  • License plate number and state
  • Distinctive Marks/Accessories
  • Location
  • Direction of Travel
  • Occupants (number and description)