Stay vigilant: Safety is everyone's responsibility

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Stay vigilant: Safety is everyone's responsibility

by: Michael B. Rippey II | .
Okinawa Marine | .
published: July 18, 2013

The best way to protect our neighborhoods, work centers and loved ones from crime is to rely on the people we work and live with every day.

The Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler Provost Marshal’s Office would like to remind everyone to stay alert and follow security and situational  awareness procedures. Staying vigilant isn’t just the job of the patrolmen or gate guards of PMO, but all personnel associated with the military on Okinawa.

Although living on a subtropical island provides a sense of safety and luxury, crimes still occur. In an effort to deter and protect against lawbreaking, service members, DOD civilians and their families should report any and all suspicious activities they encounter on or off base.

To avoid complacency, keep watch of day-today activities around you while enjoying life on Okinawa. This helps prevent crime from occurring and deters those looking to do harm to the base or community. Reporting anything suspicious or something you know is a violation of a law could be the tip needed to help PMO, the Criminal Investigation Division or Naval Criminal Investigative Service prevent or stop wrongdoing.

A few general categories of suspicious behavior or activities to report include:

  • Someone recording or monitoring activities. This may include the use of still or video cameras, taking notes, drawing diagrams, annotating maps, or using binoculars or other visionenhancing devices.
  • Individuals or groups loitering near buildings or structures and unfamiliar people near apartment or housing complexes.
  • Signs of illicit drug use and distribution or theft of personal property.

The military community not only needs to keep an eye out for suspicious people in public, but also crimes that could go unnoticed. These crimes can include fraud and other financial misconduct, as well as purchasing defective and counterfeit items. Online scams against service members using blackmail are also increasing, so keep all online interactions with others appropriate and limited to people you know and trust. If you find yourself in one of these
schemes, notify NCIS immediately.

We are all ambassadors for the United States Marine Corps. In all that you do, remain vigilant and honorable.

To report suspicious activities to NCIS, call 645-0213 or the law enforcement desk at 645-7441.

Rippey is a physical security and crime prevention specialist with PMO, MCB Camp Butler, Marine Corps Installations Pacific.