The Met has launched new counter-terrorism publicity campaign based around the message ‘Your call could save lives’ which is hopes will encourage members of the public to report any activity or behaviour they think is suspicious.
Assistant Commissioner John Yates, head of the Met’s Specialist Operations, says the UK continues to face a “multi-faceted threat from groups ranging from Al-Qaeda inspired groups, Irish-related terrorism and right wing extremists.”
A four-week campaign of radio and press adverts is underway to reinforce the “vital role” the force says the public play in the fight against terrorism and to tackle people’s reluctance to report suspicious activity or behaviour in case they make a mistake.
Yates added: “I completely understand that some people may have concerns about contacting police with their suspicions, but let me reassure them that all information received by the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline is thoroughly analysed and researched by experienced officers before, and if, any police action is taken.”
Police say anyone with concerns about suspicious activity should contact the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.
Anyone with concerns about suspicious bags, vehicles or behaviour they believe may pose an imminent threat should call 999 immediately.