Increase in Reports on Suspicious Packages After 9/11

By: Ian Hest

Since September 11th, we have all become accustomed to the new normal, a heightened awareness of our surroundings. It's been almost ten years since that day, and in that time, people have become more alert of the people and things around them, and local police think being observance isn't such a bad thing.

There have been 21 suspicious package reports and two bomb threats in Lincoln this year. Captain Jim Davidsaver says a post 9/11 world has made us keep a closer eye on things around us.

“I just think the social consciousness, the world that we live in today, people are cognizant of that,” said Captain Jim Davidsaver.

Davidsaver stressed suspicious package threats are much lower in Lincoln than other cities. He says people should still always err on the side of caution. “We're always telling people that if something strikes you out of the ordinary, report it. We'd much rather go out and find out that there's nothing to it rather than be notified after the fact that something did potentially catastrophic happen.”

Near a university, the potential for backpacks or other items being left around is greater. Captain Davidsaver says while many times there's nothing to be worried about, if you have to think twice about it, that should be enough. “If you're stopping, taking the time to consider whether or not you should call, you should probably call.”

Police added, you shouldn't worry about consequences if the package turns out to be nothing. As long as there is serious intent, people are encouraged to be as alert as possible.

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