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The UK-wide threat level is currently SUBSTANTIAL, which means the advice from the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre is that an attack within the UK is "likely".

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.


What can you do if you are caught up in an incident?

The short public information film below sets out the key options for keeping safe should the worst happen.

You can find out more via the National Police Chiefs’ Council.


What can you do to help?

Remain vigilant. You might observe some activity or behaviour which strikes you as not quite right and out of place in your normal day to day life.

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..

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 also call the dedicated police counter-terrorism hotline on 0800 789 321. Your call will be handled by specially trained officers who will treat it in the strictest of confidence.
  • If your information does not relate to an imminent threat, you can contact the Security Service (MI5) directly. Again, you can remain anonymous. Your information may help to save lives.


Further information

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.

However, 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.


Other useful links include:

Police Scotland also have advice to the public on the steps they can take to keep themselves safe in the rare event of a firearms or weapons attack. You can find this on the Police Scotland website.

The Centre for the Protection of the National Infrastructure (CPNI) protects national security by providing protective advice to the facilities, systems, sites and networks necessary for the functioning of the country – also known as the Critical National Infrastructure. Their advice covers physical security, personnel security and cyber security/information assurance.

The 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 and;
  • Assisting the CPNI to protect the Critical National Infrastructure

It carries out that work by providing help, advice and guidance on all aspects of counter terrorism protective security.