NEW HAVEN -- The U.S. Coast Guard is reviving a citizens watch
based on one that was used to look for enemy landings along
shoreline during World War II.
The Coast Watch program asks coastal residents and boaters to look
suspicious people or activity near vulnerable sites such as
plants and bridges. Citizens should take note of
anyone loitering, taking
photographs or drawing diagrams along the
shore, said U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro,
D-3rd District, who announced the
program with Coast Guard officials Saturday.
They also should look for vessels that loiter offshore or circle in
around pilings, she said. Any suspicious activity or attachments
or overpasses should be reported, she said.
"This is a key element of the federal homeland security effort,"
said. "In World War II, our country was on a heightened
It was an uncertain time in this country, not unlike
what we face today
since Sept. 11. We want to put our citizens on
alert to keep a look out
for suspicious activity."
DeLauro is a member of the newly created Select Committee on Homeland
which is charged with developing the legislation to create
of Homeland Security.
So far, no major coastal sites have been threatened by terrorists,
Coast Guard Capt. Joseph J. Coccia, commander of the Group
Office of Long Island Sound. But tips from citizens
have resulted in at
least one investigation, he said.
Earlier this month, a Bridgeport marina worker reported that a man
asking to rent a boat to go fishing, Coccia said. But the marina
rent boats and the man had no fishing gear, the captain said.
The Coast Guard referred the matter to the FBI, which hasn't been
to locate the man, Coccia said.
Coast Guard officials will be putting up posters around the
asking people to call special numbers to report potential
The Coast Watch numbers for Connecticut are 800-774-8724, or 800-697-8724.