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Public urged to report suspicious activity in fight against terror

The City of London Police is urging the public to help us tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity, following the latest Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) campaign launch.

During 2017 we received 81 reports from members of the public but we know there were probably many people who didn’t report their concerns through fear of wasting police time. What you tell the police is treated in the strictest confidence and is thoroughly researched by experienced officers before, and if, any police action is taken.

Detective Superintendent Dermont Robinson, head of Counter Terrorism at the City of London Police, said:

We all have a part to play in keeping each other and the communities we live in safe.

“Often people will tell us they have suspected something was wrong but were worried if they reported it they may have been wasting police time or may have got someone into trouble.

“I can assure you that no call or online contact will be ignored and that the police will only take action after appropriate checks have been carried out. Remember, reporting is confidential. Trust your instincts and get in touch if something doesn’t feel right.

“If you have concerns we want to hear from you.”

How can I report?

Reporting is quick and easy. You can report in confidence online via:

Alternatively, you can call the police confidentially on
0800 789 321.

Remember, in an emergency always call 999.

What if the information I give is wrong?

That’s okay. If you have a genuine concern about something you’ve seen or heard, we’d much rather you tell us than keep it to yourself. That way, our specially trained officers can look into it. If it turns out to be nothing, that’s good news.

What should I report?

Like other criminals, terrorists need to plan. You will know your neighbourhood, your route to work, the parks, pubs and shops you visit often, better than we do. If you see anything that seems out of place, unusual or just doesn’t seem to fit in with everyday life, don’t be afraid to raise your concerns with the police.

Any piece of information could be important, it is better to be safe and report. Remember, trust your instincts and ACT. Action Counters Terrorism.

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