Signs to look out for
Who commits terrorism?
Violent extremism can emerge from any community and can be
inspired from a wide range of causes.
Whilst groups inspired by violent Islamist ideology still pose a
threat to the UK, the Prevent strategy also seeks to combat
extremism motivated by extreme right wing ideology, as well as
extremism motivated by single issues such as animal rights.
Accordingly, the Prevent strategy does not stigmatise any
community. Prevent does not aim to criminalise people for holding
extreme views. Instead it seeks to prevent individuals from using,
or promoting, violent activity as a means of promoting these
No one is better placed than members of the public to notice
potential extremist activity taking place within their own
community. The following list provides some possible examples. This
list is not exhaustive and is intended for illustrative purposes
Suspicious activity could include someone:
- Who has bought or stored large amounts of chemicals,
fertilisers or gas cylinders for no obvious reason;
- Who has bought or hired a vehicle in suspicious
- Who holds passports or other documents in different names for
no obvious reason;
- Who travels for long periods of time, but is vague about where
- Who distributes leaflets or displays posters that carry a
violent extremist message.
- Who accesses violent extremist forums or websites in internet
- Who views terrorist or violent extremist promotional
Should you report your suspicions?
It's probably nothing but… if you see or hear anything that
could be terrorist-related trust your instincts and call the
Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.
Activity and Incidents such as these can also be reported to
Merseyside Police via 101. You can also call on 0151 777 8311 or
To report potentially immediate threats, such as a suspicious
vehicle or package, always call 999.
The public can now report online content (suspicious internet
sites, chat rooms or other web-based forums) they suspect may be of
a violent extremist or terrorist nature online at Report Terrorism -