Terrorism Safety Advice

Terrorist attacks are rare. In the event you are caught up in an attack, the following advice can help to keep you safe:

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…gives some simple actions to consider at an incident and the information that armed officers may need in the event of a firearms and weapons attack. Full guidance is available at:


  • Escape if you can.
  • Consider the safest options.
  • Is there a safe route?
  • Can you get there without exposing yourself to greater danger?
  • Insist others leave with you.
  • Leave belongings behind.


  • If you can’t 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/reinforced walls.
  • Be aware of your exits.
  • Try not to get trapped.
  • Be quiet, silence your phone.
  • Lock / barricade yourself in.
  • Move away from the door.


Call 999. What do the police need to know?

  • Location – Where are the suspects?
  • Direction – Where did you last see the suspects go?
  • Descriptions – Describe the attacker/s, numbers, features, clothing, weapons etc.
  • Further information – Casualties, types of injuries, hostages, building layout (entrances, exits, staircases etc.).
  • Stop other people entering the building if it is safe to do so.

Armed police response

  • Follow officers’ instructions.
  • Remain calm.
  • Can you move to a safer area?
  • Avoid sudden movements that may be considered a threat.
  • Keep your hands in view.

Officers may:

  • Point guns at you.
  • Treat you firmly.
  • Question you.
  • Be unable to distinguish you from the attacker.
  • Officers will evacuate you when it is safe to do so.

For latest news and further information: www.counterterrorism.police.uk

To report suspicious behaviour online, which is not immediately concerning: www.act.campaign.gov.uk

For further information about Prevent and the signs of radicalisation: www.ltai.info


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