Preventing terrorism: Steps to stay safe

Terrorism is a crime like any other, so follow the same precautions you normally take to prevent crime.

Continue to go about your day-to-day business in the normal way, but remain alert and vigilant. For example, keep an eye out for suspicious bags, packages or vehicles; people acting suspiciously at stations and airports, and report any concerns to the police or the appropriate authorities.

Trust your instincts; if you feel something is wrong, ring the police.

Think about terrorism

Many terrorists seek other identities to protect themselves. Don’t help them by leaving important identification documents such as passports and driving licences vulnerable to theft.

Terrorists also need money to finance their operations. They get it by both legal and illegal means. Make sure you are not funding terrorists: take care of your credit cards and other financial records, and do not donate or contribute to a collection if you are unsure where the money is going.

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Secure your fertiliser

Terrorist groups around the world have for many years used fertilisers to make explosive devices. The majority of these devices have contained ammonium nitrate based products, combined with other materials to produce explosives. Other fertilisers such as urea, potassium nitrate and sodium nitrate have also been misused.

Even in relatively small quantities, ammonium fertiliser-based explosives can cause a great deal of destruction. Many of the most notorious terrorist attacks of the last 15 years – from Oklahoma City to Oslo – were carried out using fertiliser-based explosive devices.

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Do you have any information?

If you have information about possible bomb threats or other immediate threats, call 999.

If you have tip-offs or confidential information about possible terrorist activity, call the police anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.