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How to report suspicious activity to the FBI

Posted at 12:00 PM, Dec 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-18 14:00:07-05

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - In an address Thursday, President Obama told Americans that we are in a new phase of terrorism.

President Obama said that because terrorist attacks are smaller, often self-initiating and self-motivating, they're harder to detect and that makes it harder to prevent. However, he did say that law enforcement officers are working around the clock and Americans should feel safe.

Meanwhile, the FBI says it can't prevent terror attacks on it's own.

Several neighbors of the suspected shooters say they noticed suspicious behavior before last months attacks like lots of work late at night in the garage, and many packages being delivered to their home. Despite this suspicious activity, it was never reported to the police.

Federal law enforcement said that any and all tips help. There is an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force located in Tucson.

Agent Brian Turner said there are no set patterns or a profile that defines homegrown violent extremists, or HVE's

Turner said the profile of an HVE is diverse as anything else and it can be both genders, any ethnicity or various ages.

Turner says some signs of suspicious behavior include if someone's personality changes, the make plans to travel to a country where terror organizations flourish like Syria or Iraq, if they have espoused support for recent acts of violent terrorist attacks, or a secretive use of the internet.

Turner said there may be some things that people dismiss away as being nothing, but if you believe it to be suspicious, and you report it to law enforcement the FBI will look into it.

You can contact the FBI by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI.