Although extremely rare in the UK, violent extremism and terrorism are still a danger to us all.
It’s important that communities remain vigilant and are aware of the warning signs to look out for.
Terrorists can come from any background, any community and any religion. They can be young or old, male or female. The aim of a terrorist is to create panic and alarm, spreading fear throughout whole communities. This can include threats, causing damage to property, or plots to kill or injure other people.
Since 2001, many plots to attack the UK have been stopped by the police and security services. The police depend on information from the public to keep us all safe and anyone who has concerns should report it as soon as possible. Just one piece of information could be vital in helping disrupt terrorist planning and, in turn, save lives.
Call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 to report something suspicious or out-of-place.
Always trust your instincts, even if you’re unsure about someone’s behaviour or activities. Your call could be vital to us.
The hotline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All calls are confidential and all information received will be thoroughly investigated by specialist officers before any police action is considered.
If you notice suspicious bags, behaviour or vehicles which pose an imminent threat, call 999 immediately.