The terrorist threats the UK faces now are more diverse than
before, dispersed across a wider geographical area, and often in
countries without effective governance. We therefore face an
unpredictable situation, with potentially more frequent, less
sophisticated terrorist attacks.
The most significant terrorist threat to the UK and our
interests overseas comes from the Al Qa'ida senior leadership based
in the border areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan and their
affiliates and supporters in other areas. More information on the
nature of the threats we face can be found on the Security Service's website which also offers
advice on the current threat levels.
Counter-terrorism policy in the UK is reserved to the
Westminster Government and the Home Office's Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism
provides the Westminster government lead and more information on
how they do so is available via this link. But many aspects of
preparation, prevention and dealing with the consequences of a
terrorist act in Scotland are managed and controlled by the
Scottish Government and local agencies. Further details of how we
do this can be found on the Scottish Government website.
What can you do to help?
Remain vigilant. If you become concerned for any reason, there
are several ways to report your concerns securely:
- Where there is an emergency, call 999.
- You can call the police counter-terrorism hotline on 0800 789
321. You might observe some activity or behaviour which
strikes you as not quite right and out of place in your normal day
to day lives. You may feel it's probably nothing, but unless you
trust your instincts and tell the police, they won't be able to
judge whether the information you have is important or not. Your
call will be handled by specially trained officers who will
treat it in the strictest of confidence.
- You can contact the Security Service (MI5) directly.
Again, you can remain anonymous.
Your information may help to save lives.
Other useful links include:
Scotland whose purpose is to improve the safety and wellbeing
of people, places and communities in Scotland. Their focus is on
Keeping People Safe which is at the heart of everything that they
- The Centre
for the Protection of the National Infrastructure (CPNI)
protects national security by providing protective security
advice to those facilities, systems, sites and networks
necessary for the functioning of the country and the delivery of
the essential services upon which daily life in the UK depends -
the Critical National Infrastructure. Their advice covers physical
security, personnel security and cyber security/information
National Counter-Terrorism Security Office is a police unit
which works closely with the Centre for Protection of National
Infrastructure (CPNI.) Its work in counter terrorism and security
is divided into three areas:
- Protection of Crowded Places;
- Protection of Hazardous Sites and Dangerous Substances
- Assisting the CPNI to protect the Critical National
It carries out that work by providing help, advice and guidance
on all aspects of counter terrorism protective security.