The threat of terrorism in the UK is real, but with a little knowledge you can increase your safety and help protect yourself against a terrorist attack. Find out below how to stay safe when you’re out and about and how to report any suspicious behaviour that could be connected to terrorism.
Be Safe. Be Sound.
Counter Terrorism Policing wants music lovers to #BeSafeBeSound this summer, as it collaborates with the UK music industry to deliver vital safety advice to the public ahead of the festival season. Music unites us all.
Are you heading to a music festival this summer? Have an amazing time, but if you see something that concerns you report it to security staff.
- Arrive early at events to allow time for extra security measures
- Be patient with security checks and help the staff to help you. It might be inconvenient but they are there to keep you safe.
- Pack light, this will help to speed up searches and getting in
- Don’t leave bags unattended or anywhere they could cause a security scare.
- Always keep some charge in your phone so that you can make a call or be contacted in an emergency
Staying Safe On Holiday
The chances of being caught up in a terrorist incident are low but sadly we have seen atrocities take place in the UK and abroad. It is important everyone stays alert and knows what to do if the worst was to happen.
Before you head off on holiday, there are 3 things you should do:
- Check the latest UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice for the country you are visiting
- Make sure you have adequate travel insurance – check the small print
- Watch our holiday safety film
If you find yourself in an emergency:
RUN – to a place of safety. This is better than trying to surrender or negotiate.
HIDE – it is better to hide than confront. Barricade yourself in, turn your phone to silent and use only when it is safe to do so.
TELL – Make sure you know the local emergency numbers in the country you are travelling to. For all EU countries call 112.
Know The Game Plan
Counter Terrorism Policing have been working closely with a range of sporting organisations in an effort to enhance measures designed to keep supporters safe, and to raise awareness of the threat from terrorism among club employees and supporters.
The cooperation between the public and the police is a powerful defence. Fans can play their part by remembering these tactics:
- Arrive early, allowing more time for security checks
- Minimise what you carry, fewer bag searches will speed up entry to the ground
- Be vigilant at all times and if you see anything suspicious, tell a steward right away
- If you see anything that could pose an immediate threat to safety, call 999
- In an emergency, listen to the Public Address instructions and follow them
- If told to evacuate, do so immediately, do not wait around to film events on your mobile
- Move right away from the stadium as quickly as possible for your safety and to allow clear access for any emergency vehicles
- Once you are safe, follow the local police force on Twitter for updates