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Counter Terrorism

Communities defeat terrorism.

With the ongoing terrorist threat, it is more important than ever that everyone plays their part in tackling terrorism. Your actions could save lives.

That’s why Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) encourages communities to help the police tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity.

Like other criminals, terrorists need to plan. If you see or hear something unusual or suspicious, trust your instincts and ACT by reporting it in confidence. You can do this via the ACT website or by dialling 999 if it's an emergency.

 Examples of suspicious activity or behaviour include...

  • hiring large vehicles or similar for no obvious reason
  • buying or storing a large amount of chemicals, fertilisers or gas cylinders for no obvious reason
  • taking notes or photos of security arrangements, or inspecting CCTV cameras in an unusual way
  • looking at extremist material (including on the 'Dark Web') or sharing/creating content that promotes or glorifies terrorism
  • 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 reason
  • anyone who goes away travelling for long periods of time but is vague about where
  • carrying out suspicious or unusual bank transactions


You are not wasting police time and no call or click will be ignored. What you tell us is treated in the strictest confidence and is researched by experienced officers before and if 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.