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Recognising Terrorist Threats Guide

NPSA, in collaboration with ACT, is proud to announce the publication of Recognising Terrorist Threats a guide for the security professional.

Last Updated 25 April 2024

The UK faces a serious and challenging threat from terrorism, but early recognition of indicators of an attack can reduce casualties and save lives. 

Terrorists can choose from a broad range of potential methodologies that may be used when they carry out an attack. These can vary from small scale attacks, where a bladed weapon is used to undertake a localised attack, to large scale atrocities where truck bombs have been used to cause mass devastation, or layered attacks, where a combination of attack methodologies are used to cause maximum disruption.  

ALL attacks have indicators, either that they are about to occur or have just started. In studying these, NPSA research has found that quick recognition that an attack is occurring, partnered with a timely response can reduce casualty numbers and save lives. To facilitate this, it is essential that security staff have improved awareness in key indicator recognition. 

NPSA, in collaboration with ACT, have published the Recognising Terrorist Threats guide aimed at every level of the security profession. Drawing on NPSAs extensive research programme and post event analysis, the guide contains an overview of potential terrorist methodologies, key components of threat devices and other potential attack indicators. 

Front cover of recognising terrorist threat guidance

The guide is available in hard copy or as a download from both the NPSA Extranet and the ACT Business App.

A high-resolution version is also available which can be provided to professional printers when commissioning hard copies of the booklet.

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