Terrorism is a recognised threat throughout the UK.
Although there is no direct and specific threat in Lincolnshire, we work with key partner agencies and communities to tackle extremism.
We have an integral role to play to support people who are vulnerable to being drawn into criminal activity. This could be in relation to drugs, knife crime, guns and gangs or involvement in violent extremism.
What is terrorism?
Terrorism is the use or threat of action designed to influence the government or intimidate the public. The use or threat is made to advance a political, religious or ideological cause. It can involve or cause:
- serious violence against a person;
- serious damage to a property;
- a threat to a person's life;
- a serious risk to the health and safety of the public; or
- serious interference with or disruption to an electronic system.
Some people use the Internet to spread hate and violent extremism. They chat with their supporters, share their beliefs and hope to gain new followers online.
Action Counters Terrorism (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.
Although terrorism is rare in the UK, recent events clearly demonstrate that an attack could happen at any time or place without warning.
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 you can 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.
Call confidentially on 0800 789 321 or report online.
What you should 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
For more information, visit the ACT government website.
National threat level
The most significant threat to the UK is posed by international terrorism.
You can view the current national threat level here.
Government’s counter terrorism strategy
CONTEST is the government's counter terrorism strategy for countering international terrorism. The aim of the strategy is 'to reduce the risk from international terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence.'
CONTEST has four strands, often known as the four Ps:
- Pursue - to stop terrorist attacks through disruption, investigation and detection.
- Prepare - where an attack cannot be stopped, to mitigate its impact.
- Protect - to strengthen against terrorist attack, including borders and utilities.
- Prevent - to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting violent extremism. Find out more on our preventing extremism page.
To find out more and to read the full strategy, visit the gov.uk website
iREPORTit: The App for Counter Terrorism
The Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU) have teamed up with the Mayor of London and Raven Science (a tech spin-out from City, the London University) to develop and pilot the iReportit App, a new national public referral app for online terrorist content.
City Hall commissioned research shows that the public want to play a role in countering extremist content but lack awareness of how to do so. Reporting channels are suggested to be difficult to navigate and there is a lack of confidence in the anonymity of current referral systems – which is impacting the potential number of public referrals.
The iREPORTit app will allow people to refer worrying or disturbing content to the CTIRU easily, effectively and, crucially, completely anonymously. There should be no safe space for terrorists online. The CTIRU have a team of specially trained officers who can assess each referral and take appropriate action.
The app was launched on 24th February and is compatible with both iOS and Android. The app carries the Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) campaign logo and although it has been created in London, is built for use across the country as extremism does not recognise the invisible borders that separate us.
Download iREPORTit today, and anonymously report disturbing online content.
Always report suspicious activity. While it is important that we all go about our daily business, it is also sensible to remain alert to danger and to report any suspicious activity you see or hear.
What you know can help. If you know of a threat to national security or you want to report suspicious activity, there are several ways to reach us:
- In an emergency call 999
- Call 0800 789 321
- Report online terrorist material at direct.gov
You can remain anonymous, and you may save lives.
Counter Terrorism Security Advisors
As part of an ongoing counter terrorism strategy, we have dedicated Counter Terrorism Security Advisers (CTSAs). They are trained and directed by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO), a specialist police organisation which works with the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure.
The role of the CTSA is to identify and assess local sites in our force area that might be vulnerable to terrorist or extremist attack. They devise and develop appropriate security plans to minimise impact on that site.
They also promote awareness of the terrorist threat and work with representatives of trade organisations and professional bodies. They ensure that Counter Terrorism security advice is incorporated in general crime prevention regimes.
CTSAs receive comprehensive specialist training in areas such as:
- explosives and pre-cursor chemicals
- pathogens and toxins
- radiological sources
- site and vulnerable point surveying
- business continuity and disaster recovery
- information and personnel security
- integrated security systems
- designing out vehicle borne terrorism and the threat from CBRN attack.
Contact your local CTSA if you feel your business would benefit from counter terrorism security advice
How to ACT against suspicious behaviour or activity
25 Mar 21 3:56 PM