A national campaign to involve the public in counter terrorism kicks off today, with events across the country âˆ’ including the West Midlands.
A range of activity to raise awareness of the threat from violent extremism will focus on five key areas: crowded places, transport hubs, preventing violent extremism, terrorist financing, and the tools that terrorists need to operate.
Officers will kick off the week by encouraging businesses to consider ways that they can support the campaign and help keep the public safe.
Chief Superintendent Sue Southern, Head of West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, will tell an audience of business representatives in Birmingham this morning (Monday Nov 24) that the recent increase in the terrorism threat level demonstrates the need for everyone to work together to tackle terrorism.
She said: “Experience from around the world shows us that terrorists will target busy, crowded places to ensure that attacks have a maximum impact.
“Businesses, particularly those in town and city centres, have an invaluable role to play in preventing potential attacks. Staff working in shops and entertainment centres are often the first people to spot signs that something is wrong.
“We need everyone to be vigilant to things that are out of place or look suspicious, and then feel confident to come forward and report it to the police.
“We are encouraging businesses to check that their security measures are effective and train their staff to detect potential threats and, if the worst should happen, respond to an attack.”
Anyone concerned about suspicious activity can contact police on 101 or call the confidential Anti-Terrorist hotline on 0121 789 321.
In an emergency, always call 999.