Ev­ery­body has a role to play in pre­vent­ing ter­ror­ism

Hamilton Advertiser - - ON THE BEAT - with sergeant Bob chalmers

Po­lice Scot­land is back­ing a Uk­wide cam­paign to en­cour­age the pub­lic to report sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour and ac­tiv­ity in a bid to pre­vent ter­ror­ism and save lives.

The call to ac­tion is part of the sec­ond phase of the ACT – Ac­tion Coun­ters Ter­ror­ism – ini­tia­tive, led by Counter Ter­ror­ism Polic­ing, a col­lab­o­ra­tion of UK po­lice forces working along­side in­tel­li­gence agen­cies.

Re­search car­ried out by Counter Ter­ror­ism Polic­ing sug­gests that 75 per cent of peo­ple who live in Scot­land are con­cerned about ter­ror­ism.

And 66 per cent of peo­ple in the UK say they have be­come more con­cerned over the past year.

But while 82 per cent said they would report sus­pi­cious be­hav­iours to po­lice, many are un­clear ex­actly what they should be look­ing for.

Some ex­am­ples of sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity or be­hav­iour could po­ten­tially in­clude:

• Hir­ing large ve­hi­cles for no ob­vi­ous rea­son

• Buy­ing or stor­ing a large amount of chem­i­cals, fer­til­iz­ers or gas cylin­ders for no ob­vi­ous rea­sons

• Tak­ing notes or pho­tos of se­cu­rity ar­range­ments or in­spect­ing CCTV cam­eras in an un­usual way

• Look­ing at ex­trem­ist ma­te­rial, or shar­ing and cre­at­ing content that pro­motes or glo­ri­fies ter­ror­ism

• Any­one who goes away trav­el­ling for long pe­ri­ods of time but is vague about where to

• Some­one car­ry­ing out sus­pi­cious or un­usual bank trans­ac­tions

We work tire­lessly with se­cu­rity part­ners to iden­tify and thwart the ter­ror­ist threat.

The pub­lic can also play a cru­cial role in help­ing to keep com­mu­ni­ties safe and we would en­cour­age any­one with sus­pi­cions to report their con­cerns.

We want to pro­vide peo­ple with all the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion they need to help them iden­tify sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity and, more im­por­tantly, keep them­selves safe and se­cure.

Any piece of in­for­ma­tion could be vi­tal in help­ing the po­lice pre­vent ter­ror­ism and save lives.

That co-oper­a­tion be­tween po­lice and the pub­lic is Scot­land’s great­est de­fence against the ter­ror­ist threat.

I would urge the pub­lic to note the kinds of ac­tiv­ity to be on the look­out for. Any­one who feels they may have wit­nessed and any­one who feels they have wit­nessed sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour should report it im­me­di­ately.

Any­one who wishes to report sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour or ac­tiv­ity can do so by call­ing Po­lice Scot­land on 101 or 999 in an emer­gency, or via the on­line tool at gov.uk/act.

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