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Peabody Police Remind Public Terrorists, Tragedy Can Strike Anywhere

Police say "your instincts are usually right," so don't hesitate to report any suspicious activity or anything out of the ordinary -- it could prove the difference between intervention and tragedy.

Peabody police are cautioning residents to remain vigilant about reporting suspicious activity -- terrorists and tragedy can strike anywhere, and your instincts are often right.

"The Peabody Police Department wants to remind its citizens...that the senseless and tragic events of [Monday] are an ever present danger and possibility in the times that we live in," says a message posted to the department's Facebook page. "It is not something that is a threat only to the inner cities. It can happen at any time and any place in this country."

"The lesson learned is that we must remain ever vigilant and keep our eyes and ears open to suspicious activity," the message continues, noting the city has a large shopping mall, industrial parks and numerous watersheds. Police say sharp eyes are needed there as much as at schools and businesses.

Police say local authorities should be notified of anything remotely suspicious or out of the ordinary -- they promise you won't be questioned or chided for making the call. They say it's indifference and lack of attention to detail that hamper timely intervention.

Suspicious activity of this sort can be directly reported to Officer Joseph Coup at 978-538-6300 or email him at jcoup@peabodypolice.org.

Coup works in the special operations division on traffic and also serves as the department's anti-terrorist intelligence officer.

Saber Walsh April 18, 2013 at 11:36 AM
This is so true. "If you see something, say something" was implemented in Britain awhile back, and it's been a bit slower to grab hold here, probably because our people have been at the mall while we've been insulated from a major war. But as we saw on Monday, just as important for every event. An unattended backpack, unauthorized person, someone acting out of the ordinary, all these and more could be only clues that something wrong is about to happen. I've brought these up to law enforcement at certain events, and believe me, they get it -- it's "Joe Public" who is sometimes afraid or shy to speak. On this note, as you look at the video footage and see many volunteers, law enforcement, runners, and spectators running TOWARDS the area of the blast, it is comforting to know that, with all the divisiveness we've been subjected to over the past few years, there wasn't a liberal, conservative, "Tea Party Member," socialist, "gun nut," or whatever among them -- they were all Americans, working together and doing amazing things, even AFTER the second blast happened. We really are a great country, but we are the best when we all can work together.

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