Recognising Terrorist Threats Guide

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, CPNI 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. 

CPNI, in collaboration with ACT, have published the Recognising Terrorist Threats guide aimed at every level of the security profession. Drawing on CPNI’s 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. 

The guide is available in hard copy or as a download.

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