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[Music plays, video fly through of Las Vegas strip at night]

Kurth Busch, NASCAR Driver: Hello, I'm Kurt Busch. And I have the extraordinary privilege of being a NASCAR driver. I am driven by the fast and furious energy of motor sports every day. Hundreds of thousands of fans come to Las Vegas each year to enjoy Nascar at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The world looks to the Silver State as a refuge away from the burdens and uncertainties of daily life, and it is my special privilege to work with you in making that experience a lifelong memory for those who visit our home. 

[Video: Taxi picks up a passenger, limo driver opens door for passenger, shuttle driver welcomes passengers.]

Kurt Busch: As a transportation specialist, you keep the fun and excitement of Nevada in constant motion. In fact, you could very well be the first and last face our guests will see on their vacation. Your hard work and professionalism has helped our state maintain the pole position in the race among the business in travel and tourism.

In order to maintain our lead, we need to preserve and protect our hard earned reputation as a welcoming, exciting, safe, and secure sanctuary. In today's world of extremes it has never been more important to understand the threats to our livlihood. That is why I am pleased to share with you the important information that follows, providing the knowledge and tools that will protect our home and our position as the finest and friendliest tourist destination on earth.

[Enhanced Awareness for Prevention: Transportation]

Dave Courvoisier, News Anchor: This message builds on a fundamental understanding of the Seven Signs of Terrorism and is designed to assist you, in the transportation sector, in more effectively supporting vehicle security and passenger safety.

The learning objectives are to help you:

  • Know the Seven Signs of Terrorism
  • Know what is suspicious in your working environment
  • Pay attention to what doesn’t look, sound, smell or feel right.
  • Know how and to whom to report suspicious activity

Several of the Seven Signs are uniquely seen in public and private transportation:

  • Information Gathering
  • Testing Security (or Probing)
  • Suspicious Items

Vital pieces of the puzzle could be any of the following:

  • Nervous or evasive passenger, overly concerned with privacy.
  • Individuals taking notes, pictures, or videos of a property’s parking areas, entries, exits, and loading docks. 
  • A passenger asking for access to restricted areas.
  • Passengers probing or information gathering about vehicles, facilities, operations, or properties.
  • Luggage that appears to be leaking, exhibits exposed wires, is stained, or emits a strong odor.
  • Luggage that appears to contain liquids or chemicals, or is exceptionally heavy.
  • Any luggage, substance, package, or documents left behind by a recently departed passenger.
  • Unusual attention toward handling luggage or a passenger who desires to handle certain luggage themselves.
  • Anything that doesn't feel, smell, or seem right.

[Information Gathering]

Current trends in the actions of extremist organizations and terrorist events have shown all modes of transportation have been used to carry out deadly attacks. It is possible that you can unwittingly aid terrorist planners by supporting their information gathering activities or that your vehicle could be actually used in their deadly plot.

[Video: A passenger is talking to a limo driver. Passenger doesn’t act suspicious or unusual. Passenger has one small bag. Conversation lasts for a period of time. Passenger enters the limo, but the limo doesn’t move. Pictures of driver talking to the passenger inside the limo. Pictures of passenger talking to limo driver. Passenger exits the vehicle. Enactment ends with the limo driver on the radio.]

Limousines are not excluded. Like taxis or shuttle buses, limousine drivers may also pick up passengers they do not know. But just because you have been given the name of the passenger it does not ensure their trustworthiness.  It doesn’t mean it’s the correct name nor does it prevent the individual from gathering information for a terrorist organization.  Be aware of questions and requests from passengers that seem unusual.  Be aware of the actions and comments of the passenger - you may need to recall details.

[Testing Security]

[Video: A passenger asks a cab driver to take him to the back of four major properties on The Strip. The driver is asked to slowly drive by the rear employee entrances and delivery areas and the passenger videotapes each of the properties. While driving by the second property, the passenger asks the driver what areas are off limits to taxis. Clearly suspicious of the passenger, the cab driver implements his company’s standard policy for discreetly notifying the dispatcher and taxi authority. Enactment ends with a security bicycle officer approaching the taxi. ]

A passenger making unusual requests for access to areas restricted to employees and service deliveries or one who asks you to drive the perimeter of key utilities, properties or other facilities that are not typical tourist landmarks could be engaging in an effort to test security practices, access controls, and response times associated with protection of those assets. Probing for information about what access restrictions are placed on taxis or buses should also be cause for concern. If you believe a passenger is acting in a suspicious manner, be sure to remember everything you can about their appearance, clothing, and precisely what they asked of you.   Be the best witness you can be.  Report this to your dispatcher or to a security officer at the property where your passenger disembarked. 

[Suspicious Items]

[Video: A passenger boards a shuttle bus and walks toward the back seats.  He calls to the driver “someone left behind a bag.” The driver walks down the aisle and looks at an unattended bag which appears to be suspicious. The camera zeroes in on the suspicious duffle bag. The camera takes x-ray shot of inside the duffle bag to show (TBD). He immediately asks the passengers to get off the bus. Passengers should be moved a safe standoff distance away from the vehicle before the driver uses a cell phone.]

Terrorist attacks worldwide have taught us that passengers and drivers alike should be wary of potentially life-threatening packages, bags, boxes or suspicious items that have been left behind. Take mental notes or write down a quick description of the object because you will be asked for details by first responders or shuttle bus supervisors. Evacuate passengers to a safe distance and seek the hard cover of a wall or building before calling for assistance. If you discover such a suspicious package, do not attempt to pickup, move, poke, kick, or open the item. Simply call security and let trained specialists handle it, but always follow your company's procedures for reporting any unattended or suspicious objects that have been left behind without your knowledge.

The goal is simple:  “If you see something, say something.”  It’s about protecting our guests, our co-workers,  ourselves, and our communities. 

[Montage of enactment scenes. Puzzle pieces form a stop sign. Report anything suspicious to a supervisor, security, or the Police.]

Dave Courvoisier: Every observation you make of suspicious behavior or suspicious items could be part of a bigger puzzle that, when known by the right people in a timely manner, will help save lives and stop something bad from happening. 

[University of Las Vegas (UNLV) Institute for Security Studies]