That’s the motto of Westchester County’s new effort to urge Bee-Line bus riders to report suspicious activity.
The campaign, which will promote the message throughout the Bee-Line system and on television and radio, urges people to alert the bus driver or call 1-866-NYS-SAFE if they spot an unattended bag.
There are signs people have already become more vigilant since the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday. The Westchester County Bomb Squad has responded to seven calls since then, including a call about a suspicious bag at the White Plains transportation center that was cleared without problems, officials said. The unit normally receives one to two calls per week.
This latest “See Something, Say Something” program was already in the works before the bombings and is being paid for with $433,000 in federal money.
“The bombings in Boston on Monday are a tragic reminder to us that we cannot become casual in efforts to prevent terrorism,” Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino said.
Security experts have said that public places with large crowds, including buses, trains and subways, are especially vulnerable to acts of terror.
Westchester’s Public Safety Commissioner George Longworth said that Bee-Line riders “are often the first line of defense when it comes to spotting suspicious packages or unusual activity on board buses.” Bee-line is the second largest bus system in the state, providing 32.1 million rides in 2012.