The current national threat level for the UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) from terrorism is SEVERE.
Threat levels are designed to give a broad indication of the likelihood of a terrorist attack.
LOW - means an attack is highly unlikely
MODERATE - means an attack is possible, but not likely
SUBSTANTIAL - means an attack is likely
SEVERE - means an attack is highly likely
CRITICAL - means an attack is highly likely in the near future
You can learn more about the National Threat Level and understand how they are determined HERE.
To help you recognise any threat and mitigate any immediate dangers, you can learn more HERE.
You can visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office online for foreign travel advice.
The most significant terrorist threat comes from international terrorism. As a number of recent European attacks have showed, attacks may be mounted without warning.
Firearms and Weapons attacks are rare in the UK. The ‘STAY SAFE’ principles tell you some simple actions to consider at an incident and the information that armed officers may need in the event of a weapons or firearm attack:
Escape if you can
Consider the safest options
Is there a safe route? RUN if not HIDE
Can you get there without exposing yourself to greater danger?
Insist others leave with you
Leave belongings behind
If you cannot RUN, HIDE
Find cover from gunfire
If you can see the attacker, they may be able to see you
Cover from view does not mean you are safe, bullets go through glass, brick, wood and metal
Find cover from gunfire e.g. substantial brickwork / heavy reinforced walls
Be aware of your exits
Try not to get trapped
Be quiet, silence your phone and turn off vibrate
Lock / barricade yourself in
Move away from the door
Call 999 - What do the police need to know? If you cannot speak or make a noise listen to the instructions given to you by the call taker
Location - Where are the suspects?
Direction - Where did you last see the suspects?
Descriptions – Describe the attacker, numbers, features, clothing, weapons etc.
Further information – Casualties, type of injury, building information, entrances, exits, hostages etc.
Stop other people entering the building if it is safe to do so
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