2.51 PM Friday 01 August 2014

Anti-Terrorist Hotline - If you suspect it, report it!

"Don’t rely on others. If you suspect it, report it!" – that’s the key message to residents and visitors in Dorset with the launch of a national anti-terrorist campaign across the United Kingdom.

Dorset Police is reminding people to be vigilant and alert but not alarmed as they go about their daily business – and to call the strictly confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 if they are concerned about suspicious activity.

Superintendent Steve Bartlett of Dorset Police said: "Terrorism knows no social, ethnic or religious boundaries and suspicious activity perceived as potentially leading to a terrorist act can be committed by anyone, regardless of ethnicity.

"For example, such activity could be linked to Animal Rights activists, religious extremists of all backgrounds, Northern Irish terrorism and the like.

Confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline - Call 0800 789 321"Communities can defeat terrorism and everyone has a role to play in helping to prevent terrorism by being alert, vigilant but not alarmed and reporting any suspicious, unusual or out of the ordinary activity – no matter how minor or insignificant it may seem – to the police.

"We want people to look out for the unusual – activity or behaviour that strikes them as not quite right and out of place in their normal day-to-day lives – and take responsibility for reporting it in the strictest confidence to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline.

"Any piece of information given could be important as it may be the final piece of the jigsaw for police. Information passed to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline is treated in the strictest confidence and thoroughly analysed and researched by experienced officers before, and if, any police action is taken.

"Although the threat of attack by terrorists remains very real across the country, the information campaign has not been launched in response to any specific threat. It’s part of our continuing work with communities to make them even safer.

"The Anti-Terrorism Hotline is staffed by specialist officers and it’s important that the public trusts their instincts, calls in with any information they have and lets the police decide if the information is important," explained Superintendent Bartlett.

Suspicious activity can include:

  • Someone noticeably behaving differently for no obvious reason.
  • Someone with a large number of mobile phones for no obvious reason.
  • Someone with passports or other documents in different names for no obvious reason.
  • Someone who travels for long periods of time but is vague about where they are going.
  • Someone buying or storing large amounts of chemicals for no obvious reason.
  • Someone taking an interest in security – like CCTV cameras – for no obvious reason.

 

Superintendent Bartlett explained: "Terrorists can be stopped in their tracks if suspicious, unusual or out of the ordinary activity is passed to the police. They will not succeed if people report something unusual that they have seen or heard while going about their daily lives. Terrorists can live alongside us in our communities," explained Superintendent Bartlett.

In the event of an emergency, a life-threatening situation or if a bomb or explosive device is found, the public should dial 999 and not the Anti-Terrorist Hotline.

The confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline can be contacted on 0800 789 321. People who are deaf – or have hearing difficulties – can use a text phone to dial 0800 032 4539.