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About Counter Terrorism Policing

Counter Terrorism Policing is a collaboration of UK police forces working alongside the UK intelligence agencies to protect the public and our national infrastructure. Our officers and staff are at the frontline of the UK’s fight against terrorism, working tirelessly to prevent, disrupt and investigate extremists, whatever their ideology.

ACT Background

In March 2017, National Counter Terrorism Policing launched ACT (Action Counters Terrorism), a new platform which incorporates all counter-terrorism campaigns to warn, inform and reassure the public.

Make Nothing Happen was the first national advertising campaign to be launched under ACT. Its objective of encouraging the public to trust their instincts to report anything they see or hear which may be terrorist related, was underpinned by the message that cooperation between the public and the police remains the greatest advantage in tackling the challenges the UK faces from terrorism.

Since the launch of Make Nothing Happen in March 2017, there have been five terrorist attacks in the UK resulting in a change of rhythm and tempo in police investigations. As a result, there is now less need to remind people of the terrorist threat, but we remain committed to encouraging the public to be part of the Counter Terrorism effort, which will help us stop attacks happening in the first place.

  • Communities defeat terrorism.
  • 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  or, in an emergency, dial 999.
  • Any piece of information could be important, it is better to be safe and report. You can help the police prevent terrorism and save lives.
  • You are not wasting our time, and we will only take action after the appropriate checks have been carried out.

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. Some examples include:

  • Hiring large 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, 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 an 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

No call or click will be ignored. 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.

Remember, trust your instincts and ACT. Action Counters Terrorism.