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Violent Extremism and Terrorism

Dorset is still one of the safest places to live with low crime; however, the terrorist threat is serious and ongoing. You can help prevent terrorism by being alert to possible suspicious activities.

The most significant threat to the UK currently is posed by international terrorism.

Terrorists have to live somewhere, and they need to plan and prepare for attacks. They buy and store materials, fund their activities, prepare equipment and weapons and often undergo training. They may make unusual financial transactions or use false documentation to hide their real identities; they may behave differently.

If you are aware of something suspicious, trust your instincts and report it to the police or online. What might seem insignificant on its own could actually provide a vital link in a wider investigation. We cannot act alone - we need the energy, enthusiasm and commitment of all our communities to tackle this long term challenge.

Preventing people becoming terrorists or supporting violent extremism

We recognise the best long term solution to preventing terrorism is to stop people becoming terrorists in the first place.

One very important element of preventing violent extremism is to provide support to members of our community who may be exploited or recruited to violent extremism. This support is to help enable them to consciously resist or reject any attempts by others to exploit them and hopefully provide another path for them to choose.

What can I do to help?

There is no single profile of a person likely to become involved in violent extremism. However, there are often early warning signs which family, friends and professionals may notice that indicate the need for support. The earlier the supportive intervention, the more effective it is likely to be.

If you know any individuals you feel are susceptible to being drawn into violent extremist activity or are promoting violent extremism you can report it online (opens in a new window) or contact Dorset Police (opens in a new window)

Terrorism and the internet

The internet is a very good source of information which can be extremely positive - it offers unprecedented opportunities for global information exchange, communication, networking and education. However, terrorists often exploit the internet for both operational purposes and as a tool for radicalisation and recruitment. Huge numbers of videos, speeches, audio statements and chat forums exist on the internet designed to spread distorted interpretations of religion and world events and to encourage vulnerable members of society to engage in terrorism. Examples include bomb making instructions and videos of beheadings with accompanying messages of glorification. You can report terrorist content online (opens in a new window)

Remember, vigilance on your part is one of the best ways of preventing and detecting crime, including terrorist crime. It is communities that ultimately defeat terrorism.

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