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Click through to the Ourwatch Terrorism toolkit

Our The Power of Hello campaign plays an important part in recognising people who are reacting unusual to a simple Hello. Perpetrators carrying out subversive activities would feel very uncomfortable if approached with a Hello. However you are not advised to communicate with any terrorists during an attack. Then the Run, Hide, Tell tactic is best.

See also our working with the community advise.

The government’s ACT campaign encourages “If you’ve seen or heard something that could potentially be related to terrorism, trust your instincts and report it. Your actions could save lives.” Ring 0800 789 321 or report via the App or online.

What you can do

Communities defeat terrorism. We need the help and support of individuals, businesses and communities across the UK to remain alert and maintain the safety and security of those places where we live, work and socialise.

If you see or hear something unusual or suspicious, trust your instincts and ACT (Action Counters Terrorism) by reporting possible terrorist activity in confidence. Any piece of information could be important, so it’s better to be safe and report anything you see. You can help the police prevent terrorism and save lives. 

Crowded places, events, public transport, and iconic locations throughout the country are some examples of locations that could be potential targets for terrorists. 

You’re familiar with your workplace and surrounding area, so you’re ideally placed to spot when something is amiss. In this period of heightened alert, it is vital to remain vigilant, trust your instincts and report possible terrorist activity to the police. 

Look for anything that seems out of the ordinary, such as:

  • people in stationary vehicles watching a building or structure
  • vehicles moving slowly near public buildings, structures or bridges, or parked in suspicious circumstances
  • people using recording equipment, including camera phones, or seen making notes or sketches of security details
  • someone suspicious paying close attention to specific entry and exit points, stairwells, hallways or fire escapes
  • people loitering at or near premises for long periods and watching staff, visitors and deliveries for no apparent reason
  • people asking detailed or unusual questions about buildings and business operations, facilities (such as room layouts), security or parking for no apparent reason
  • anyone in ‘off limits’ areas, plant rooms and similar – ask these people who they are and what they’re doing, and report this immediately to your security manager or call 999If you’re deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service 18000 or text us on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS service.


The Home Office is making a free online Prevent Training course available for you to do. Click here to get started.
This offers an introduction to the Prevent duty, and explains how it aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised to supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves.
A link to the prevent duty guidance is available at the end of this e-Learning.
This is introductory training. It will provide an important foundation on which to develop further knowledge around the risks of radicalisation and the role that you can play in supporting those at risk.
This training addresses all forms of terrorism and non-violent extremism, including far right wing and Islamist extremism threatening the UK.
This e-learning has been developed by HM Government following consultation with a range of individuals and organisations. It has benefitted from the feedback of teachers, local authority officials, community-based groups, youth workers and many others.
Links to further information can be found at the end of this training.

Channel awareness

Channel provides support to individuals who are vulnerable to being drawn into any form of terrorism. They aim is to divert that person from their path of radicalisation before they become involved in any terrorist-related criminal activity.

The Channel process assesses referrals, and when necessary brings together a number of partner agencies, to discuss the concerns raised and organise a bespoke safeguarding support package for the vulnerable individual.

The Channel process is managed by the local authority, in conjunction with the police, on behalf of the Home Office.

This training here