Terrorism is a recognised threat throughout the UK and although Derby may not seem to be as much at risk as other larger cities, it is not an area that is overlooked.
Derbyshire Constabulary and our partners have an integral role to play working with local communities to support people who are vulnerable to being drawn into criminal activity. This could be in relation to drugs, knife crime, guns and gangs or involvement in violent extremism.
Alongside this and other work though, you too can help.
Make Nothing Happen - ACT
Always report suspicious activity. While it's important that we all go about our daily business normally, it's also sensible to remain alert to danger and to report any suspicious activity you see or hear.
What you know can help. If you see or hear something that could be terrorist related, act on your instincts and call the police, in confidence:
- Call the police counter-terrorism hotline on 0800 789 321
- In an emergency call 999
You can remain anonymous, and you may save lives.
Don’t worry about wasting our time or getting someone into trouble. Let us decide if the information is important. What you tell us is treated in the strictest confidence and is thoroughly researched by experienced officers before, and if, any police action is taken. No call or click will be ignored.
Be aware of what is going on around you – of anything that strikes you as different or unusual, or anyone that you feel is acting suspiciously – it could be someone you know or even someone or something you notice when you are out and about that doesn’t feel quite right.
Examples of suspicious activity could include someone who:
- appears to be carrying out surveillance; taking photos of security arrangements for example;
- has firearms or other weapons or has shown an interest in getting them;
is visiting the dark web, or ordering unusual items online;
- has bought or hired a vehicle in suspicious circumstances;
- has bought or stored large amounts of chemicals, fertiliser or gas cylinders for no obvious reasons, or is researching acquiring these items;
- has undergone an extreme and unexplained change in their behaviour;
- is carrying out suspicious transactions on their bank account;
- holds passports or other documents in different names for no obvious reason;
- travels for long periods of time, but is vague about where they’re going.
If you see something that concerns you, ACT. Action Counters Terrorism.
Online terrorist and extremist material
Some people use the Internet to spread hate and violent extremism. They chat with their supporters, share their beliefs and hope to gain new followers online. Find out what is illegal in the UK, and how you can report it at the Direct.gov website.
The strategy to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting violent extremism is known as 'Prevent' and forms just one strand of CONTEST, the Government's national counter terrorism strategy.
Read more about CONTEST and Prevent.
Run, Hide and Tell
In the rare event of a firearms or weapons attack:
- RUN to a place of safety. This is a far better option than to surrender or negotiate. If there's nowhere to go, then...
- HIDE - it's better to hide than to confront. Remember to turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. barricade yourself in if you can. Then finally, and only when it is safe to do so...
- TELL the police by calling 999. Also tell others of the threat so they don’t approach danger.
You can watch a video showing useful tactics should you be caught in a terrorism incident on our Stay Safe page.
Advice about travelling to Syria
The two PDF documents attached to this page give more information on the risks and potential dangers of travelling to Syria. The Travel Warning Booklet is a booklet devised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which advises against all travel to Syria.
It details the risks that face you should you travel, how the UK government is assisting with the turmoil, how you can help the Syrian people from within the UK, and information on aid convoys.
The second document, Working with Mothers to Prevent Tragedies, is a more in depth look at the dangers faced by women travelling to Syria, and the harsh treatment they could receive under the current regime.
Please familiarise yourself with the advice if you feel it applies to your situation.
The 101 number is available to you if you have any concerns, and call 999 in an emergency.
Derbyshire Constabulary's Prevent Team works in partnership with local communities to support the vulnerable, promote confidence and to prevent violent extremism.
Their activities include multi-agency partnership work to safeguard individuals
vulnerable to radicalisation, extremism or terrorism. The team engages with
communities - in particular with youth and women’s groups - to reduce
vulnerability and increase resilience to extremism.
Read more about the Prevent Team's activities and how you can get in touch.
Counter Terrorism Security Advisors
Counter Terrorism Security Advisors (CTSAs), provide protective security advice and guidance to an extensive range of businesses and individuals across our county.
Find out how the CTSAs can help your business, and get in touch with the team.