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Action Counters Terrorism: Report suspicious activity and behaviour to tackle terrorism

by Laura Johnston

Knowsley Council is supporting the Counter Terrorism Policing’s national campaign, urging the public to help the police tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity.

Communities defeat terrorism and your actions could save lives.

People worry about wasting police time – don’t as no click or call will be ignored.

What you tell the police is treated in the strictest confidence and is thoroughly researched by experienced officers before, and if, any police action is taken.

Any piece of information could be important, it is better to be safe and report. Remember, trust your instincts and ACT – Action Counters Terrorism.

How can I report?

Reporting is quick and easy. You can report in confidence online on a secure form at www.gov.uk/ACT

Alternatively, you can call the police confidentially on 0800 789 321.

All reports are kept confidential and you can report anonymously.

In an emergency always call 999.

What should I report?

Like other criminals, terrorists need to plan. You can report suspicious activity or behaviour – anything that seems out of place, unusual or just doesn’t seem to fit in with everyday life.

If you see or hear something that could be terrorist related, ACT on your instincts and report

it to the police, in confidence, at www.gov.uk/ACT.

Examples of suspicious activity could potentially include someone:

    • Hiring large HGV vehicles or similar for no obvious reasons
    • Buying or storing a large amount of chemicals, fertilisers or gas cylinders for no
    • obvious reasons
    • Taking notes or photos of security arrangements, or inspecting CCTV cameras in an
    • unusual way
    • Looking at extremist material, including on the so-called Dark Web, or sharing and
    • Creating content that promotes or glorifies terrorism.
    • Someone receiving deliveries for unusual items bought online.
    • Embracing or actively promoting hateful ideas or an extremist ideology.
    • Possessing firearms or other weapons or showing an interest in obtaining them
    • Holding passports or other documents in different names, for no obvious reasons
    • Anyone who goes away travelling for long periods of time but is vague about where
    • Someone carrying out suspicious or unusual bank transactions