Police to South Florida: 'See something, say something'

Statewide initiative informs public about how to report suspicious activity

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Authorities have a message for residents and visitors of South Florida: "See something, say something."

That was the flyer that Miami-Dade police officers were distributing Friday at Metrorail stations.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said there was a surge in tips about suspicious activity after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but in the years since they have declined.

In light of last week's attacks in Paris, law enforcement agencies like the Miami-Dade Police Department are urging awareness.

"We have been addressing all the critical infrastructures in Dade County," Miami-Dade police Officer Michelle Mirone said. "We've met with our local malls. We have met with the local hotels and motels. The transit, obviously, is a big critical infrastructure."

Police handed out flyers informing the public of how to report suspicious activity.

"We're all in the Department of Homeland Security," FDLE Special Agent Donald Cannon said. "This is our homeland, and we have to be vigilant and look out for each other."

Cannon said the statewide initiative doesn't discriminate.

"Little things like that that you think mean nothing may be a piece of the puzzle that will put something together for law enforcement," Cannon said.

This weekend will bring NASCAR fans to Homestead for the championship race. The Miami Heat, Miami Dolphins and Florida Panthers all have home games as well.

"Don't be embarrassed to be vigilant," Cannon said.

Follow Todd Tongen on Twitter @toddtongen

Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10