ACT – Action Counters Terrorism: Make Nothing Happen

Published 06 March 2017

Since 2014, the threat from terrorism has been ‘SEVERE’ - meaning an attack is "highly likely". During the first two quarterly Police Scotland “Your View Counts” public consultation surveys the public voted countering the threat from terrorism as their greatest concern.

Recognising this concern Police Scotland delivered a specific Counter Terrorism Local Day of Action on 25th November 2016, in support of the UK Counter Terrorism Awareness Week. This reassurance initiative supported the theme of ‘Make Nothing Happen’ and the ACT messaging tool. Police Scotland continue to work tirelessly with security partners to identify and thwart the terrorist threat, while at the same time raising public awareness of the risks and how we are responding.

Recent research tells us that the public are not always clear or confident about what they themselves can do to help defeat terrorism. Responding to this challenge, CT policing has developed ACT - Action Counters Terrorism - a powerful new tool to bring all CT advisory and appeal messaging under one coherent banner, similar to the longstanding campaign led by the Department for Transport, which brings all roads safety messaging and advice together under Think!

Our aim is that ACT will generate a step-change in equipping communities with the information they need to defeat terrorism.

This new campaign urges the public to report suspicious activity to help prevent terrorism. In the past, lives have been saved and terrorists have been disrupted thanks to the public coming forward with information.

National CT Awareness Campaign 2017

The first campaign to utilise the ACT platform will be a national public awareness advertisingcampaign called:

“Make Nothing Happen”

This will be launched on Monday 6th March.

This campaign urges the public to contact the police about suspicious activity by calling the Anti-Terrorist Hotline or utilising the online reporting form. The campaign will run across radio and digital channels over six weeks (of paid for activity), backed by a national and regional media plans.

The key communication objectives for the campaign include:

  • Encouraging reporting of suspicious activity to the anti-Terrorist Hotline and to reportonline terrorist and extreme material to the Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit.
  • Reinforcing the message that the public have a crucial role to play in remaining alertTackling the terrorist threat; reassuring communities that the police and intelligence agencies are continually working hard to safeguard the vulnerable and keep people safe from terrorism.

ACC Steve Johnson, who leads Police Scotland’s Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism unit, said, “Communities throughout Scotland have identified counter-terrorism as a key policing priority through their participation in the ‘Your View Counts’ consultation survey. We have conducted a number of high profile engagements and high-visibility patrols, aimed at raising awareness on our efforts to counter the threat from terrorism, and to provide reassurance to our communities.

“Police Scotland plays an important role in the UK wide effort to counter the threat from terrorism, and we fully support the ‘Make Nothing Happen’ campaign.

“The public plays a crucial role in defeating terrorism and with their help we can work together to ‘Make Nothing Happen’. One of Scotland’s greatest strengths is its strong community cohesion, with cooperation between the public and the police being our greatest advantage against the terrorist threat. Communities defeat terrorism and by working together, we can stop terrorists and online extremists.

“Police Scotland continues to work tirelessly with security partners to identify and disrupt the terrorist threat. We must all ensure that the threat posed by terrorists does not undermine the positive relationships that exist across communities in Scotland.”

Communities should continue to remain vigilant, but not alarmed, and go about their daily business as usual. Any suspicious activity should be reported to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or to Police Scotland via 101, or 999 in an emergency.

For further information please see the ACT website and the links below.

You can also get updates on ACT on the Police Scotland Facebook and Twitter accounts or the @TerrorismPolice Twitter account.

How you can help

At Work

Police and security agencies are working tirelessly to protect the public but it is also important that communities remain vigilant and aware of how to protect themselves if the need arises. National Counter Terrorism policing is providing advice to the public on the steps they can take to keep themselves safe in the rare event of a firearms or weapons attack. Find out about Our Run Hide advice in the rare event of a firearms or weapons attack.

BSIA - The British Security Industry Association is the trade association for the private security industry, visit our Security Planning page find out more about security sectors including CCTV, Access Control, Security Systems, Asset and Property Marking, and Security Guarding.

Suspicious Airport Behaviour

Being vigilant and notifying Police Scotland of anything suspicious or which you have concerns about, for example; unusual activity particularly late at night or early in the morning or aircraft landing at unusual locations, i.e. unused airstrips. Call Police Scotland on 101 and quote Project Pegasus.

Read about Project Pegasus and Airport safety

Suspicious Maritime Behaviour

Project Kraken delivers an enhanced crime and counter terrorist ‘vigilance’ capability within the maritime environment of Scotland. It engages key stakeholders together with local communities to provide a hostile environment to terrorists and criminals looking to disrupt the everyday lives and safety of those who live, work, or travel through Scotland. 

Counter Terrorism for Business

By remaining vigilant, being security minded and having good security measures in place, you can protect your business against crime and make the work of terrorists more difficult. Read more about our Counter Terrorism for Business advice here

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Contact Details

Call 101 for non-emergencies and general policing matters, in an emergency call 999. If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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