Communities can defeat terrorism – and everyone has a role to play in helping to prevent terrorism.
You can do this by remaining vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity to the police.
Suspicious activity can include:
- Someone noticeably behaving differently for no obvious reason.
- Someone with a large number of mobile phones for no obvious reason.
- Someone with passports or other documents in different names for no obvious reason.
- Someone who travels for long periods of time but is vague about where they’re going.
- Someone buying or storing large amounts of chemicals for no obvious reason.
- Someone taking an interest in security, like CCTV cameras, for no obvious reason.
Specialist officers are waiting for your call – let them decide if the information is important.
Don’t rely on others – if you suspect it, report it.
0800 789 321
In an emergency always dial 999
If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can use text phone dial 0800 032 4539.
For more information check out the Metropolitan Police Service‘s website – links to pages on Terrorism here.
- Anti-Terrorist Hotline
- What is Suspicious Activity?
- Terrorism – Frequently Asked Questions
- Your call could save lives
- Secuirty Advice and Information
- Reporting online terrorist content
Public guidance for firearms and weapons attacks released 18/12/15.
An information film that provides advice on the steps to take to keep safe in the event of a firearms or weapons attack has been released to the public today by National Counter Terrorism Policing.
Recent events around the world remind us all of the terrorist threat we face, which in the UK is considered as ‘SEVERE’, meaning an attack is highly likely. Police and security agencies are working tirelessly to protect the public but it is also important that communities remain vigilant and aware of how to protect themselves if the need arises.
The four minute film, Stay Safe: Firearms and Weapons Attack sets out three key steps for keeping safe. The film is accompanied by an online information leaflet.
The film and leaflet advise that if you are caught up in an incident to ‘run, hide and tell’ – guidance which can be applied to many places and situations.
The film and the leaflet are set out below:
Speaking on behalf of National Counter Terrorism Policing, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Neil Basu, said:
“The public should not be alarmed by this step. While the general level of threat to the UK is SEVERE, the probability of being caught up in a firearms or weapons attack is very, very small. However, it is important the public know what to do in the event of getting caught up in such an incident.
“Our advice has already been issued to tens of thousands of people during police-led security training sessions but it is only responsible that we issues this public safety guidance more widely.
“We know that from case studies and the testimony of people who have survived attacks that the advice given in the film has saved lives.
“With the threat level remaining at a high level, the police and security service continue to operate at a heightened state of readiness – we are working on hundreds of investigations and making an arrest a day. However, it is only with the ongoing support of communities that we can defeat terrorism – you are our eyes and ears so please be alert, but not alarmed.
“We are asking everyone to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency, 999.
Download the advice leaflet here npcc_ct_a5-2pp
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