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WATCH: How you can help prevent terror attacks

WATCH: How you can help prevent terror attacks

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:23pm 20th March 2018. (Updated at 3:31pm 20th March 2018)

Devon and Cornwall Police are asking the public for more help in preventing terror attacks.

Officers say more than a fifth of calls nationwide last year were used to help with investigations.

There is no increase in the threat level for international terrorism in the UK, which remains at 'severe', nor is there any specific threat within Devon and Cornwall.

But in support of the national effort to tackle the ongoing threat, our force is urging the public to help them tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity.

A spokesperson said: "Communities defeat terrorism, and your actions could save lives.

"Never worry about wasting police time. No call or click 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, because Action Counters Terrorism."

How can I report something suspicious?

Reporting is quick and easy. You can report in confidence online via our secure form: 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?

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.

Terrorists need to plan, so behaviours that don’t seem right fall into five categories: research, gathering materials, storing materials, hostile reconnaissance and financing. Some examples of suspicious activity or behaviour could include:

 

Research

Do you know someone who looks at extremist material, including on the so-called Dark Web, or shares and creates content that promotes or glorifies terrorism?  

Have you noticed someone embracing or actively promoting hateful ideas or an extremist ideology?  

Meetings, training and planning can take place anywhere. Do you know someone who travels but is vague about where they’re going? 

Do you know someone with passports or other documents in different names, for no obvious reason?

Gathering materials 

Suspicious materials can be ordered online as well as in store. Have you noticed someone receiving deliveries for unusual items bought online? 

If you work in commercial vehicle hire or sales, has a sale or rental seemed unusual?

Have you noticed someone buying large or unusual quantities of chemicals, fertilisers or gas cylinders for no obvious reason. 

Have you noticed someone acquiring illegal firearms or other weapons or showing an interest in obtaining them.

Storing materials 

Terrorists need to store equipment while preparing for an attack. Have you noticed anyone storing large amounts of chemicals, fertilisers or gas cylinders?

Have you noticed anyone storing illegal firearms or objects that could potentially be weapons?

Hostile Reconnaissance 

Observation and surveillance help terrorists plan attacks. Have you witnessed anyone taking pictures or notes of security arrangements or CCTV?

Financing 

Cheque and credit card fraud are ways of generating cash. Have you noticed any suspicious or unusual bank transactions?

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