If you see something, say something

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A guest column by Sen. Jimmy Higdon

At a recent Homeland Security meeting, I heard about the "If you see something, say something" campaign. The initiative was created to encourage people to report suspicious activity in their community.

The "See Something, Say Something" campaign was developed to address terrorism happening in our country. While it's hard for me to imagine that there could be terroristic activity going on around here, I understand that it's not outside the realm of possibility.

The advice given by this initiative should be considered by everyone.

The Department of Homeland Security says that the safety of our nation begins with the safety of our communities. Safe communities make a safe country. I couldn't agree more.

We have an amazing group of law enforcement officers here who dedicate themselves to serving our town. But the responsibility for safety doesn't rest only on their shoulders. We are obligated to do our part as well.

And that means keeping our eyes and ears open and reporting suspicious or openly criminal activity. If you know someone is involved in illegal activity, call 911 or the police. If their behavior is highly suspicious or just doesn't add up, report it.

Some people say that if an activity doesn't affect them then it is none of their business. But if someone is engaged in dangerous or illegal activity, it could hurt the entire community. It is always your responsibility to report crimes.

You have a unique vantage point that no one else has. You may be the one who sees abuse or crime that others may miss. And your action could make the difference in preventing or stopping something terrible.

Many of you are already doing this, and I appreciate your efforts to keep our community safe. Something that makes Kentucky a great place to live is the willingness of neighbors to help one another and look out for each other.

Long before the "If you see something, say something" campaign, you all were doing just that, taking responsibility and appropriate action to keep your friends and neighbors safe. Keep up that good work. You are making a difference.

To learn more about the campaign, visit www.dhs.gov/if-you-see-something-say-something-campaign.

Let's all work together to keep this a great place to live.