What Is a Terrorism Threat Level?

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Sometimes the news will report that the terror threat level has changed. But what is it and what does it mean? 

What is a threat level?

The threat level rates how likely it is that a terrorism attack might happen in the UK. There are five different levels that range from low to critical.

Who decides what the threat level is?

The level is set by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre. They look at information they have from lots of different people including the police, government and MI5 to help decide on the threat level.

What does it mean?

Depending on the threat level, the Government will do different things. The higher the threat level, the more security they will have to help protect people.

Does this impact me?

If the threat level goes up, you will probably see more police around. And while you should always be safe when out and about, if you see something you think seems off, you should report it. But it’s always important to remember that attacks are very rare, and that there are lots of people working to keep us all safe.

 

If you’re worried or anxious about the current events, it’s important to talk to someone about how you’re feeling. This could be a friend, a relative or a teacher. Or you could get in touch with organisations such as Childline or the Samaritans who are always available to help.