In an emergency
If you think you have seen a person acting suspiciously, or if you see a vehicle, unattended package or bag which might be an immediate threat, move away and call 999.
The confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline is staffed around the clock by specialist counter-terrorism police officers and staff.
The terrorist threat remains real and there is no room for complacency. The public should remain alert and aware of their surrounding at all times. If something strikes you as suspicious and out of place then trust your instincts and call the police.
If you think you have seen something suspicious or you are unsure about somebody’s activities or behaviour, however insignificant it may seem at the time, call the confidential Anti-Terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.A textphone service is available for people with speech or hearing difficulties on 0800 032 45 39 (text messages from mobiles are not accepted).
You can also submit your information using our confidential online form.
Any information passed to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline is treated in the strictest of confidence and is thoroughly analysed and researched before, and if, any police action is taken.
Terrorists have a lot of work to do before they attack. They need to plan and prepare; buy and store materials; and fund their activities.
We are asking members of the public to trust their instincts and pass on information which could help stop terrorists in their tracks.
If you suspect it, report it.
Our frequently asked questions page may help If you do not wish to speak to the police direct or require further advice about the Anti-Terrorist hotline.
Van – Terrorists need transport. If you work in commercial vehicle hire or sales, has a sale or rental made you suspicious?
Passport – Terrorists use multiple identities. Do you know someone with documents in different names for no obvious reason?
Mobile phone – Terrorists need communication. Anonymous, pay-as-you-go and stolen mobiles are typical. Have you seen someone with large quantities of mobile phones? Has it made you suspicious?
Camera – Terrorists need information. Observation and surveillance help terrorists plan attacks. Have you seen anyone taking pictures of security arrangements?
Chemicals – Do you know someone buying large or unusual quantities of chemicals for no obvious reason?
Mask and goggles – Terrorists use protective equipment. Handling chemicals is dangerous. Maybe you’ve seen goggles or masks dumped somewhere.
Credit card – Terrorists need funding. Cheque and credit card fraud are ways terrorists generate cash. Have you seen any suspicious transactions?
Computer – Terrorists use computers. Do you know someone who visits terrorist-related websites?
Suitcase – Terrorists need to travel. Meetings training and planning can take place anywhere. Do you know someone who travels but is vague about where they are going?
Padlock – Terrorists need storage. Lock-ups, garages and sheds can all be used by terrorists to store equipment. Are you suspicious of anyone renting a commercial property?