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The terrorist threat remains real and there is no room for complacency. You should remain alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.

Terrorists have to live somewhere. They store their equipment and materials somewhere. They need vehicles. They have people who help them - and these people might come and go at strange times of the day and night. They may make unusual financial transactions or use false documents to hide their real identities. They may be behaving differently to how you've known them to behave in the past.


What do I do now?

If something strikes you as suspicious and out of place, trust your instincts:

  • if you think you have seen a person acting suspiciously or if you see a vehicle or unattended package or bag which might be a threat, immediately move away and call 999
  • if you have suspicions about somebody's activities or behaviour or if you have any information that might be relevant, call the Anti-Terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321. Let the police decide if the information you have is important; what might seem insignificant on its own could actually provide a vital link in a wider investigation.

If you have concerns that someone you know is becoming radicalised towards terrorism, has extremist views or is considering travelling abroad to join a terrorist organisation:

  • make a note of what is concerning you
  • call us on 101, or
  • call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline confidentially on 0800 789321
  • speak to someone trusted within a community or organisation, such as a community leader, a teacher or a school principal


What happens next?

Police will begin an investigation based on your information and take immediate action where appropriate. We will continue to engage with and support anyone for whom there is concern about terrorism or radicalisation.


What else can I do?

Stay informed

The best way to be aware and alert about the dangers of radicalisation is to keep informed.

Visit the following webpages to read about the triggers and signs to look for and how you can help PREVENT radicalisation or extremism through community-based initiatives.

Government advice on protecting the UK against terrorism

National Counter Terrorism Security Office

MI5 National Security Advice Centre

Reporting Online Terrorism

How to report terrorist content you find on the web

Business security

If you would like advice about how to protect your business from a terrorist attack or prepare for such an eventuality, you can contact a Counter Terrorism Security Adviser (CTSA) by:

  • calling 101 and asking to speak to a Counter Terrorism Security Adviser (CTSA)

Radicalisation of young women

Concern has been growing about the numbers of young women who have or are intending to travel to Syria. 

Glamourised images and propaganda are being promoted online, intent on radicalising impressionable young people in our communities. In some cases, for women and young girls, the appeal may be the 'glamour' of marrying a fighter, joining the fighting or simply exercising teenage rebelliousness.

The National Police Counter Terrorism Network and partners have launched a campaign to encourage mothers to have open discussions with their daughters about issues such as travelling to Syria and what they are viewing online. More information can be found here.

Page last updated: 26 March 2018