Local authorities have issued a public plea for residents, business owners, and public infrastructure operators to remain vigilant after this morning’s deadly terror attacks in Brussels.
In a news release, the Vancouver Police Department is urging the public to be more attentive to their surroundings and report any suspicious activity.
As a precaution, more police officers with the department will be deployed across Vancouver today, joining the additional Transit Police officers and bomb sniffing dogs on SkyTrain and SeaBus. Extra RCMP officers and security staff have also been sent to Vancouver International Airport.
“We all have a role to play in keeping British Columbians safe,” says VPD spokesperson Sergeant Randy Fincham in a statement. “Vigilance is the key to everyone’s safety.”
Currently, the terror threat level in Canada is set at ‘medium’ and there is no specific threat to Vancouver or the Lower Mainland. The federal government says the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the RCMP are monitoring the situation and have not provided any need to change the threat level.
Suspicious activity should be reported to the local police force. On Metro Vancouver’s public transit system, transit users should contact Transit Police by texting 87-77-77 or calling 604-515-8300.
Additionally, anyone with information on terrorist activity in Canada is asked to contact the RCMP National Security Information Network at 1-800-420-5805.