LAS VEGAS -- Metro and the Department of Homeland Security say they need the public's help to keep watch. They have launched a counter terrorism message which is being shown on billboards around the Las Vegas valley.
The idea behind the "See Something, Say Something" campaign is to get people to pay attention to what is going on around them and report anything that seems suspicious.
Metro's Homeland Security detectives say not only to look for people acting suspiciously near vans parked in high traffic areas like the Las Vegas Strip but also be aware of people using cameras in unusual locations.
"People take pictures of things that maybe are out of the ordinary. Things like infrastructure things. Doorways, air vents, all these things that most people wouldn't take photographs of," said Detective Jason Leavitt, Metro.
"The See Something, Say Something" campaign is part of the federal Department of Homeland Security's main message this holiday season. It comes in part from this May's attempted bombing at Times Square. Two street vendors spotted a van that appeared to be smoking from the outside. Police credited their quick reaction to saving lives.
Some Las Vegas visitors have already taken that message to mind.
"I used to do that before everything happened. I've always been a cautious person. I mind my business, but when it's time to say something, I'm not afraid to say anything," said Ernie Buck who is visiting from Fontana, California.
The hotline number on Metro's billboard gets two to three calls a day. Metro's Homeland Security detective says 75 percent of their cases come from hotline tips and leads.
Metro says it will also takes calls from 3-1-1 or 9-1-1 if you spot suspicious activity.