Threat Levels

The threat level for the UK from international terrorism is set by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC).

MI5 is responsible for setting the threat levels from Irish and other domestic terrorism both in Northern Ireland and in Great Britain.

  • CRITICAL means an attack is expected imminently
  • SEVERE means an attack is highly likely
  • SUBSTANTIAL means an attack is a strong possibility
  • MODERATE means an attack is possible, but not likely
  • LOW means an attack is unlikely

The current Threat Level is SEVERE. For more information, click here – MI5: Threat Levels

Crowded Places:

The UK faces a significant threat from international terrorism. Experience shows that crowded places are and will remain an attractive target for international terrorists. CONTEST sets out the Government’s strategy for countering terrorism. An important element of the strategy is to create safer places and buildings that are less vulnerable to terrorist attack and, should an attack take place, where people are better protected from its impact.

For more information, click here to access the PDF.

Protecting Crowded Places:

Whilst there have been attacks against well protected targets around the world, terrorists have demonstrated that they are likely to target crowded places that are easily accessible, regularly available and offer the prospect of an impact beyond the loss of life alone.

For more information, click here to access the PDF.