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ACT: Action Counters Terrorism

Why ACT?

The police and the security and intelligence agencies depend on information from you. Be our eyes and ears and help keep yourself, your family and your local community safe by looking out for suspicious activity and reporting it to the police, in confidence.

You may see or hear something that could be that vital piece of information needed to stop a terrorist attack.

Tragic events this year remind us that attacks can occur at any time or place without warning. The current threat to the UK stands at SEVERE which means an attack is highly likely.

By working together with the police, staying alert and thinking about your safety and security at home or work or when you are out and about, you can make it harder for terrorists to plan or carry out an attack.

What can I do?

If you have any information about suspicious activity or behaviour, you can report it in confidence, either by calling the police or making an online report.

To find out more, click below:

ACT Communities Defeat Terrorism

What should I report?

You should report suspicious activity or behaviour – anything that seems out of place, unusual or just doesn’t seem to fit in with everyday life. These are just some examples of suspicious activity and behaviour which could potentially be terrorist related:

  • Anyone hiring or acquiring large vehicles or similar for no obvious reason
  • Anyone buying or storing a large amount of chemicals, fertilisers or gas cylinders for no obvious reasons
  • Anyone taking notes or photos of security arrangements, or inspecting CCTV in an unusual way
  • Anyone visiting the dark web, ordering unusual items online or carrying out unusual bank transactions
  • Anyone who has illegal firearms or other weapons or has shown an interest in obtaining them
  • Anyone holding passports or other documents in different names, for no obvious reasons
  • Anyone who goes away traveling for long periods of time but is vague about where they’re going

What happens when I contact the police?

When you make a report about suspicious activity or behaviour, our specially trained officers and police staff will take the details and pass these on for further checks. The information you provide will be kept secure and your identity will be protected.

Your call is not recorded and you do not need to give your name. Don’t be concerned about wasting police time. Watch the film below to find out what happens when you make a report.

What should I do if I find terrorist or violent extremist content online?

Terrorists also use the internet to provoke individuals to carry out attacks in the UK. One post or video has the power to influence vulnerable people and inspire extremists and terrorists. This is why it is important to tackle online terrorism as well. You can help us stop terrorists’ and extremists’ online presence by reporting content such as:

  • Speeches or essays calling for racial or religious violence
  • Videos of violence with messages in praise of terrorists
  • Postings inciting people to commit acts of terrorism or violent extremism
  • Messages intended to stir up hatred against any religious or ethnic group
  • Bomb-making instructions
  • Advice on how to obtain or make weapons

If you see online graphic or violent extremist material or content that supports, directs or glorifies terrorism please report it.

A specialist police team will examine the content and if it is illegal will work with internet companies to remove it.

To find out more, click below:

ACT Online Content