Hundreds of uniforms, IDs and badges have been stolen
or lost, raising concerns they could be used by terrorists, the
Homeland Security Department said July 24.
The department is urging authorities nationwide, as well as security
officials in the private sector, to be more vigilant.
An “Information Bulletin” sent out this
week said stolen uniforms, badges and other identification from
law enforcement, government
or private companies could be used by terrorists who
want access to sensitive sites to carry out attacks.
But spokesman David Wray cautioned that the bulletin is simply meant
to raise awareness about a potential problem.
“We have no specific threats to indicate that something like
this is imminent,” he said, as reported by The Associated Press.
The department studied “selected members” of
law-enforcement communities in five states, and it found that hundreds
ID cards, badges, decals, uniforms and government license
plates were reported stolen or lost.
The study covered February to May of this year.
The advisory was sent to state, local and other authorities across
the country. It also was distributed to contacts in the private sector,
such as oil, gas and financial services companies, said Wray.
The department is asking authorities to be rigorous about examining
credentials and safeguarding badges, uniforms and other forms of