Conduct & Safety

Transit Security

Don’t Touch Unattended Items
Tell a uniformed officer, RTC RIDE or RTC employee, or call (888) 682-8227 or 911 from a safe distance.

If you see something suspicious, say something RTC needs your help. If you see a suspicious package or strange activity on or near a bus, a bus stop, a bus station or any transit property, please notify a uniformed officer, RTC RIDE or RTC employee or call (888) 682-8227 as quickly as possible.

Be Our Eyes and Ears
No public service agency can effectively protect life and property without the support of the public. The RTC has a safe transit system and with your help it will stay that way.

Become a Transit Watcher
People just like you act as the eyes and ears of our system and always check their immediate surroundings for activity that may require police intervention.

Be alert and aware of everyday activities on your transit system. Get your family, friends, and neighbors involved. Get to know law-enforcement and transit-security officers.

If you observe suspicious activity
Try not to let personal feelings get in the way when you see suspicious activity. Look at the entire situation before making a judgment. Do not become personally involved.

Keep these points in mind:
• Do not take direct action.
• Do not confront the individual.
• Do not reveal your suspicions.
• Do record as many details as possible.
• Do notify the appropriate authorities as soon as possible.

Describing suspicious behavior
When describing suspicious activity, remember to be accurate and specific.
• Who did you observe?
• What did you see?
• Where did you see it?
• When did you see it?
• Why is it suspicious?

Describing a suspicious person
Report the following when describing a suspicious person:
• Sex/Race/Age – approximately.
• Height – in 2-inch blocks, such as 5 feet 4 inches, 5 feet 6 inches.
• Weight – in 10 lb. blocks, such as 170 lbs., 180 lbs.
• Build – medium, heavy set, thin, etc.
• Hair – color, length, and facial hair, if any.
• Complexion – light, dark, ruddy, olive.
• Peculiarities – scars, tattoos, missing limbs.
• Clothing – from the head to toe, style, defects.
• Method of escape – direction, type of vehicle, etc.

If a vehicle is involved
An accurate description of a vehicle can determine how soon a suspicious individual is found and apprehended.

The following information would be helpful:
• License plate – most important.
• Make – model, color, year.
• Body type – 2-door, 4-door, van, SUV, etc.
• Passengers – number of people in vehicle.
• Damage – anything unusual, logos, etc.

You can help fight terrorism
Immediately call (888) 682-8227, to report any suspicious activity. All reports are kept confidential. Call 911 for fire and all other emergencies.

Transit contacts
Passenger Services (775) 348-7433
TTY Users (deaf and hard-of-hearing) (800) 326-6888

Transit Watch is a public awareness and education campaign patterned after the successful Block Watch program initiated in communities across the country. Promoting transit as a community partner, Transit Watch calls for active involvement by transit employees, passengers and neighborhood residents to stay alert and maintain a safe transit environment.

“If You See Something Say Something™ used with permission of the NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Created by Korey Kay & Partners.”

Click here to download Be Alert! brochure.