Council supports ACT campaign to encourage communities to defeat terrorism

Published: 26 March 2018

Slough Borough Council is supporting the 2018 ACT (Action Counters Terrorism) public awareness campaign which launched on 20 March and runs for four weeks.

The aim of the campaign is to encourage the public to help the police tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity.

As part of the campaign, the council will be raising awareness of ACT on social media, as well as continuing to support the engagement activities taking place in schools, places of worship and with voluntary and community groups.

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 by calling 0800 789 321.

Some examples of suspicious activity or behaviour could include; hiring large HGV vehicles or similar for no obvious reasons; buying or storing a large amount 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 or sharing and creating content that promotes or glorifies terrorism.

Other examples of suspicious behaviour can be found on gov.uk/ACT.

Naheem Bashir, Prevent co-ordinator, said: “It is vital that everyone plays their part in tackling terrorism.

“The public and our communities are best placed to do this, by reporting anything they see that looks like suspicious behaviour.

“Any piece of information could be important, so it is better to be safe and report it. You are not wasting police time.”

Cllr Sabia Hussain, deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for Prevent, said: “Intelligence from our communities is one of the main ways we can tackle terrorism and keep our streets and towns safe.

“If you follow us on Twitter, please retweet to spread the word, and if you see anything suspicious, trust your instincts and report it.”