(WASHINGTON) -- Monday in a conference call with reporters, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the expansion of the recent campaign, “If You See Something, Say Something” to hundreds of Walmart stores across the country. The campaign, which was first started in New York City, is designed to elevate awareness among the public to report possible suspicious activity to law enforcement.
Napolitano recently taped a PSA that will play in Walmart stores that have video displays in the checkout lanes. The video is expected to be shown in about 530 Walmart stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Wyoming.
In recent months, Napolitano has recorded similar PSAs for use on mass transit in Washington, D.C. Homeland Security has also briefed the hotel industry on the awareness campaign as the heightened threat environment continues. Following the Mumbai, India attacks in 2008, Homeland Security began to raise security awareness regarding terrorist interest in targeting luxury hotels.
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