U.S. personnel with sign-in privileges should use them with care. That
means you should only sign in people you know or who need to enter
military installations for legitimate business. It also means
keeping an eye on the people you sign in.
“Your ID card is a
symbol of trust,” said Lt. Col. Deborah K. Anderson, chief of Law
Enforcement Operations at the U.S. Army Europe Office of the Provost
Marshal. “Trust means responsibility and responsibility means you don’t
sign in people you don’t know.”
She added that servicemembers and civilians can be made liable for any misdemeanors the people they sign in commit.
Anderson explained people outside gates will offer all kinds of excuses
why they need to enter an installation – but don’t be deceived. Any of
these people could be criminals or terrorist sympathizers scouting out
possible targets, she said.
Especially on weekends, people
will wait outside gates for someone to sign them in so they can go to
on-post clubs or parties. This may seem harmless, but if you do not
know who they are, you do not know their real intentions or the trouble
they may cause, Colonel Anderson said.
You also do not know if
they will end up becoming victims of crime. In a club or party
environment, they could potentially become victims of violence or
sexual assault, she said.
“You can be held responsible if
anything happens to the people you sign in,” Colonel Anderson
concluded. (Information courtesy of the USAREUR Office of the Provost