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Terrorist Activity Information
The U.S. Department of Justice defines terrorism as the unlawful use of force or violence committed by a group or individual against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.
According to the Virginia Crime Prevention Association, terrorism is a politically motivated crime to elicit fear, panic and disorder. Terrorists use many different criminal acts to support their mission including kidnapping, cyber terrorism, illegal drug dealing, identity theft, fraud, burglary and auto theft.
Tips for Reporting
Being aware of signs indicative of terrorist planning can aid law enforcement in the discovery of possible terrorist activity. To learn more about the 7 Signs of Terrorism, click on the link below for the Virginia Fusion Center website. If you believe you have information that would help authorities, you are encouraged to do the following:
- Call 911 for Life Threatening Emergencies
- Call the Toll Free Terrorism Hotline at 1-877-4VA-TIPS (1-888-482-8477)
- Report the activity directly to the Virginia Fusion Center.
For more information on terrorist activity, including the current National Threat Level, as well as up-to-date terrorism related news releases, visit the Department of Homeland Security link.