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Counter terrorism

Surrey is a low risk county for terrorist activity, but we still need to be alert to tensions and extremist groups in our communities.

Surrey is a low risk county for terrorist activity, but we still need to be alert to tensions and extremist groups in our communities.

If you see something suspicious or if you’re unsure about a person’s behaviour or activities, your information could be vital.


It's probably nothing but...

Suspicious items - what to do:

If you are out and about and see something you feel is suspicious, such as an unattended bag, package or an item that seems out of place, then report it immediately.

  • Do not touch it
  • Try and identify an owner in the immediate area
  • If you still think it’s suspicious, don’t feel embarrassed about reporting or assume anybody else will report it
  • Report it to a member of staff, security, or if they are not available dial 999 (do not use your mobile phone in the immediate vicinity)
  • Move away to a safe distance - even for a small item such as a briefcase move at least 100m away from the item starting from the centre and moving out

Remember - If you think it’s suspicious, SAY SOMETHING

More information about the ACT (Action Counters Terrorism) campaign can be found here

How we are working to prevent terrorism in our communities

Surrey Police supports the delivery of the national Prevent strategy which forms part of Contest and aims to stop people becoming involved in terrorism.

The Prevent strategy has three main objectives:

  1. Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat faced from those who promote it.
  2. Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate support.
  3. Work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation which need to be addressed.

Surrey Police has a team of Prevent Officers who work with the public and partner agencies each day to prevent terrorism and violent extremism from taking root in our communities. These officers aim to safeguard individuals and institutions from all forms of terrorist ideology.

The full Prevent strategy can be found by clicking here.

Everyone has a responsibility to help prevent terrorism in our communities and details of how you can assist can be found below:

How can you help?

It is recognised that the Prevent programme relies on the co-operation of a wide range of agencies to be effective. In order to support this a ‘Prevent duty’ has been incorporated within the recent Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015. This outlines responsibilities for police and partners in relation to delivering the Prevent strategy.

More information on the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 can be found by clicking here.

Channel is a multi-agency approach to provide support for individuals who are at risk of being drawn into terrorist activity. The process, which operates across England and Wales, seeks to safeguard individuals who may be at risk of radicalisation.

To understand more about the Channel project further information can be found by clicking here.

The Prevent Officers work closely with schools, colleges and universities within the county. The team, alongside partner agencies and charities, have produced a number of resources to help those living and working with young people in our county understand the risks terrorists pose and how they can help protect them from such activity.

  • Those wanting to know more around how they can help our young people stay safe can take part in an online training package devised by the Home Office which offers guidance to the specific sector in which you fit. The package can be accessed by clicking here.
  • The Birth of a Terrorist is a short film co-produced by the Prevent team at Surrey Police which demonstrates the process which takes place which makes people want to conduct extreme violent acts in the name of a cause. The story is of a young man who is having difficulties in his personal life with his vulnerabilities leading to him being targeted and groomed by a terrorist organisation.

  • Social media is an increasingly influential part of life particularly for young people and has many benefits. However, extremist groups are actively using social media to share propaganda, radicalise and recruit for their cause. Online safety is an important element of safeguarding and the Prevent strategy can play and active part in this process.
  • More useful material including videos, leaflets and posters can be found in the ‘useful material’ section found at the bottom of this page.

Recent events overseas including terrorist attacks and ongoing conflicts can have a significant impact on the UK and its communities. Travel to certain areas of the world can be unsafe. The Home Office website provides advice and guidance around travelling overseas.

There is an increasing concern over people wanting to travel overseas to Syria and other conflict areas. If you are thinking of travelling to Syria, this leaflet may provide you with information.

Many people in the UK want to support victims of international conflicts and this should be conducted through legitimate routes to ensure it reaches those in need. To receive guidance on how to conduct charity work or support humanitarian crisis appeals please visit the Charity Commission website.

Project Argus is a series of interactive counter-terrorism workshops designed to promote awareness of the terrorist threats relating to businesses. This is a unique opportunity to judge how well prepared your business is, increase your knowledge of terrorism issues and compare notes with other local businesses. The learning can be equally applied to any other catastrophic event, such as a fire, gas explosion or flooding.

These workshops are carried out by specially trained Counter Terrorism Security Advisors (CTSAs) who can also provide one-to-one advice to businesses that could be at risk from terrorist activity, particularly those in crowded places.

If you feel that your company could benefit from counter terrorism security advice, which is provided free of charge, contact your local advisor by emailing

Knowing what to do in the event of a terrorist attack is vital. The following four minute film was produced by the National Counter Terrorism Policing to inform people what to do in the event of a firearms or weapons attack.

Additionally a variety of leaflets and posters can be downloaded here.

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