The threat of terrorism in the UK is real, but with a little knowledge you can increase your safety and help protect yourself against a terrorist attack. Find out below how to stay safe when you’re out and about and how to report any suspicious behaviour that could be connected to terrorism.
Download the transcript for the Run Hide Tell video at the bottom of this page.
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 999. If you have a hearing or speech impairment, use our textphone service 18000 or text us on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS service.
You can also download our Run Hide Tell information leaflet below.
How can someone with disabilities follow the Run, Hide, Tell advice?
All situations are different and we recognise that people’s ability to Run, Hide, Tell will vary for reasons such as age, fitness and capability.
When running's not an option, you should make every effort to move away from the area as quickly as you can. The Run, Hide, Tell guidance highlights the importance of people caught up in such a scenario helping those around them who need it.
If an attack takes place in a workplace, companies also have a duty of care to make sure disabled employees can be evacuated.
If you have a hearing impairment
If you have a hearing impairment you may be unable to tell where a gunshot is coming from so you might be unsure of which direction to go in.
The priority for officers who respond to a firearms or weapons attack will be to assess the threat and risk, as well as the potential vulnerability of anyone caught up in the incident.
Our firearms officers receive core training on how to be aware of and deal with different communities, including those have a hearing or speech impairment, or hard of hearing or have other communication or sensory impairment difficulties.
Run, Hide Tell abroad
Counter terrorism policing has significantly increased its international presence in the last two years, with many more staff currently working overseas with local authorities to help protect British citizens from the global terror threat.
Our most senior counter terrorism officers are asking UK holidaymakers to keep alert while abroad and watch this short video telling them what to do in the unlikely event of an attack.