Action Counters Terrorism (ACT)

With the enduring terrorist threat, it is now more important than ever that everyone plays their part in tackling terrorism. Your actions could save lives. That’s why Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) is encouraging communities across the country to help the police tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity.

Like other criminals, terrorists need to plan. If you see or hear something unusual or suspicious, trust your instincts and ACT by reporting it in confidence at gov.uk/ACT or, in an emergency, dial 999.

Counter Terrorism Policing works around the clock to prevent the threat of extremism and terrorism. They also work to pursue active terrorist threats and stop those who seek to harm.

  • Hiring large vehicles or similar for no obvious reasons
  • Buying or storing a large number of chemicals, fertilisers or gas cylinders for no obvious reasons
  • Taking notes or photos of security arrangements or inspecting CCTV cameras in an unusual way
  • Looking at extremist material, including on the so-called Dark Web, or sharing and creating content that promotes or glorifies terrorism
  • Someone receiving deliveries for unusual items bought online
  • Embracing or actively promoting hateful ideas or extremist ideology
  • Possessing firearms or other weapons or showing an interest in obtaining them
  • Holding passports or other documents in different names for no obvious reasons
  • Anyone who goes away travelling for long periods of time but is vague about where
  • Someone carrying out suspicious or unusual bank transactions

By making a report, you are not wasting anyone's time, and no call or click will be ignored. What you report is treated in the strictest confidence and is thoroughly researched by experienced officers before, and if any police action is taken.

Any information could be significant. It is better to be safe and report it. Visit gov.uk/ACT and remember, trust your instincts and ACT.

There are different ways you can report possible terrorist activity either in the UK, or that might affect the UK.

Report it online at www.gov.uk/ACT using the quick and confidential online tool, or call the confidential Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321. This service is monitored 24 hours a day.

If it’s an emergency and you suspect an immediate danger call 999.

Not if you don’t want them to. All information provided is treated in the strictest of confidence. If someone does need to get in touch for any reason, the officers will be extremely discreet.

Everyone providing information for a report is asked to give their name and contact details but this is your decision. Providing your contact details will help verify the authenticity of the information and provide support as quickly as possible.

For further advice on counter-terrorism please go to the National Counter Terrorism Security Office Page.