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Be alert to unusual activities around trains and rail lines

Perhaps now more than ever before it's important to keep a lookout of your surroundings when a passenger on Amtrak trains. The company remains committed to keeping its riders safe, but it can use the help of safety partners along the way.

Railway passengers can help avert mass transit disasters by staying observant and noting any unusual or suspicious behavior, people or objects on or near the tracks ot the train itself. Those who see something suspicious can anonymously report their concerns to the Amtrak Police National Communication Center by dialing (800) 331-0008 or calling 911.

Suspicious activities that should be reported include:

-- Vehicles parked on railroad tracks

-- Trespassers on railroad property

-- Graffiti, vandalism or theft of railroad property

-- Gates to railroad property damaged or left unlocked

-- Unusual patterns of behavior or activities in or near rail yards or railroad tracks

-- Objects or packages left near or on railroad property

-- Threats made against the railroad

Those reporting incidents or suspicious activities should take care to avoid placing themselves in harm's way at the crime scene. Don't confront a suspicious person or alert them that you are aware of their activities.

When reporting, remember to note the following to authorities:

-- Who was acting suspiciously? Be prepared to give a good description of any suspect(s).

-- What are the details of the suspicious activities or objects?

-- When the incident happen?

-- Did anyone get hurt?

-- Where did the incident or activity take place? Was a vehicle involved? Can you describe it and provide the license plate number?

-- Are there any more details of the incidents to add to aid the authorities?

Make sure that you stay on the line until law enforcement personnel have all the information they need to take a corrective action.

If you get hurt in a mass transit accident, you may be able to seek financial compensation for your injuries.

Source: Amtrak, "About the Program," accessed July 08, 2016

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