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Security experts, police warn to keep an eye out for suspicious activity

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It's meant to be a festive and fun holiday: the 4th of July. But police and security experts are warning to keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

"Well, you should always have situational awareness."

Tom Mynesberg is a security consultant who knows the risk large gatherings pose, like the festivities down in Bay City. But there's also security benefits to them too.

"If there's 100,000 people at a fireworks festival, that's 200,000 sets of eyes that can help us recognize things that are out of place," Mynesberg said.

Michigan State Police say they have no credible known threats specifically targeting Michigan - but do have some tips to offer on what to look out for:

  • Unattended objects or an object that appears out of place, especially in crowded or public areas.
  • Individuals exhibiting strange or abnormal behavior.
  • Someone entering or exiting blocked or unauthorized areas.
  • A vehicle that seems out of place.
  • Someone taking photos, videos or drawings of high-profile or highly populated buildings or structures.
  • Exposed wiring or other abnormalities.
  • Individuals who quickly leave when seen or approached
  • A strong odor coming from a building or vehicle.
  • Someone tampering or interfering with surveillance cameras.

Mynesberg says keeping an eye out for this activity will make sure you have a safe and secure holiday weekend.

"Leave yourself an out. If bad things do happen, know where your exits are, and know how to get away with that, and direct others away with you," Mynesberg said.

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