Protecting coastlines, ports and waterways

Project Kraken is a National Crime Agency, Police, and Border Force initiative to increase vigilance along the UK’s coastline and maritime environment. 

What is Project Kraken?

Project Kraken encourages those who work in, or enjoy, Lincolnshire's waters to be extra vigilant to counter the threat of terrorism and crime.  It aims to prevent and deter terrorist groups and criminals from operating in and around the county’s ports. 

It is impossible to say what a criminal or terrorist might look like.  But an individual’s activity or behaviour can become suspicious in the context of the location they are in. 

We want you to report any unusual or suspicious activity near the coastline and in maritime environments. This could include, among others:

  • crew who show signs of nervousness or a lack of awareness of maritime protocols and customs.
  • vessels showing signs of unusual modification or minor damage.
  • increased activity at isolated coastal locations or at unusual times of the day.
  • any attempts to signal to vessels offshore or guide them into an unusual landfall.
  • strange patterns of payment, such as large amounts of cash.
  • people testing site security or an unusual interest in site structures and wharfs.

If you observe suspicious activity:

  • do not take direct action.
  • do not confront the individual.
  • do not reveal your suspicions.
  • do record as many details as possible.
  • do notify appropriate authorities as soon as possible.

And record the following:

  • who did you observe?
  • what did you see? Be specific.
  • where did you see it?
  • when did you see it?
  • why is it suspicious?

Think BUOY

  • Be alert
  • Understand your environment
  • Observe what is going on around you
  • You see it, please report it

Report it

If you see unusual or suspicious activity, report it to your local police on 101 or report it online.  

Do not take direct action against any individuals or groups. If it is an emergency, call 999.

You can also report to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, and quote “PEGASUS”

If you want to anonymously report your information online, visit

Anti-terrorist hotline
You can call the police anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 

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