‘See it. Say it. Sorted.’ – Encouraging public reporting of terrorism-related suspicious behaviour on rail networks

06 Mar 2019

Ongoing targeting of mass transit networks and the challenges associated with policing these large open systems means that encouraging public vigilance and reporting on railways is a counter-terrorism priority. This session presents findings from a large survey study in the UK and Denmark which examined (1) the role of uncertainty as a barrier for reporting suspicious behaviour on rail networks, (2) whether drivers for cooperation established in the context of traditional crime hold for reporting suspicious behaviour at train stations, and (3) whether the UK ‘See it. Say it. Sorted’ campaign is effective in encouraging reporting. Results will be discussed in relation to challenges associated with establishing agreed definitions of ‘suspicious behaviour’ and with the use of informal reporting channels.

Dr Julia Pearce, Lecturer in Social Psychology and Security Studies - Kings College London


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