National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week

National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week

From Monday 24th November a national counter terrorism awareness week is being launched to encourage people to be vigilant and tell them about simple measures they can take to make it harder for terrorists to attack the UK.

Following the increase of the international terrorism threat to severe, there is a heightened need to ensure that the UK is in the best position to deter and detect potential terrorist threats. The week will focus on five key areas where action by the police, businesses and the public can prevent terrorism – crowded places, transport hubs, preventing violent extremism, terrorist financing and the tools that terrorists need to operate.

As part of its support for this initiative, the force will be holding a number of events throughout the week from table-top exercises and community briefings to leafleting and Project Servator deployments.

Commander Wayne Chance said:”To combat the terrorism threat effectively, law enforcement, businesses, government and the general public need to work together. Since February this year, when we launched Project Servator (Michael link to Servator pages) as business as usual for the City of London Police, we have continued to refine our approach to deterring terrorism and detecting crime as well as positively and proactively engaging with our community. A survey conducted in October shows that our approach is working – the people of London are knowledgeable about the risk from terrorism and willing to work with the police to prevent such attacks.’

National Policing Lead for Counter Terrorism Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley from the Metropolitan Police Service said: ‘The danger posed by violent extremists has evolved. They are no longer a problem solely stemming from countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, far away in the minds of the public. Now, they are home grown, in our communities; radicalised by images and messages they read on social media and prepared to kill for their cause. The tragic murder of Lee Rigby last year was a stark warning to us all about how real and local the threat is.’

The week focuses on a number of themes and there is a range of information available for the public to download. The force is encouraging the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity by calling the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

Monday 24th November – Crowded Places

Tuesday 25th November – Transport Hubs

Wednesday 26th November – Preventing Violent Extremism

Thursday 27th November – Terrorist Financing

Friday 28th November – Terrorist Tools

Saturday & Sunday 29th and 30th November – Crowded Places

Monday 24th November – Crowded places

Points to remember

• Terrorists have targeted busy, well-populated places to ensure that attacks have a maximum impact.

• Businesses, particularly those in crowded places, have an invaluable role to play in our fight against terrorists, violent extremists and other criminals. Their staff are often the first people to spot signs that something is wrong.

(Link to downloadable information page)

Tuesday 25th November – Transport Hubs

Points to remember

• Terrorists have targeted transport and transport hubs for violent attacks.

• Security at our train stations and other transport hubs has been increased but we want people to be vigilant and report potential threats.

Wednesday 26th November – Preventing Violent Extremism

Points to remember

• Experience tells us that the terrorist threat comes not just from foreign nationals but also from terrorists born and bred in Britain.

• Terrorist groups who pose a threat to us seek to recruit people to their cause. However, the percentage of people who are prepared to support violent extremism in the UK is very small.

• Communities can work together to develop resilience to extremist influences that support terrorism.

• The Prevent programme is part of the counter-terrorism strategy. Its aim is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

Prevent seeks to:

• respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it

• prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support

• work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation.

(Link to Prevent info)

Link to Syria travel info and booklet

Thursday 27th November – Terrorist Financing

Points to remember

• The fight against terrorism includes effective actions to impede the flow of funds that terrorist organisations depend upon to secure weapons and other materials.

• Terrorists raise money through money laundering, posing as charity fundraisers, placing false charity collection boxes in shops and a wide range of criminal activity.

• If you want to help people suffering in war-torn countries like Syria and Iraq, use registered charities to donate in the safest, fastest and most convenient way. Local councils and the Charity Commission can verify legitimate charities.

Friday 28th November – Terrorist Tools

Points to remember

• Terrorists need tools like guns, ammunition and explosives to operate. We are working to make it more difficult for people intent on harm to get hold of weapons and explosives.

• Firearms, ammunition and commercial explosives are regulated in the UK, which has led to the use of other chemicals to make bombs.

• There is existing legislation in place controlling the carrying of knives and other bladed articles in public.

• New EU legislation now requires certain chemicals to be bought with a permit and the sellers to report any suspicious transactions.

• Forces across England and Wales have held a national firearms amnesty throughout October and November, encouraging people to hand in illegally held guns without risk of prosecution to reduce the chance of weapons falling into the hands of extremists.

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