THREAT LEVELS 23/May/2017

Members of the public should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to the police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321. If your information does not relate to an imminent threat, you can also contact MI5.


Current threat from international terrorism

The current threat level for international terrorism in the UK is CRITICAL.

More information about terrorist threat levels

Get more information about terrorism threat levels in the UK on the MI5 website.

You can also check the government’s travel advice for different countries.

What the threat levels mean

Threat levels are designed to give a broad indication of the likelihood of a terrorist attack.

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

 

 

With campaigning by all parties still suspended in the wake of the terrorist attack on Manchester, there is no politics as usual.

Theresa May last night said the government had raised the threat level from severe to critical for the first time since July 2007. The elevation to the highest notch means “not only that an attack remains highly likely but a further attack may be imminent”.

What it also means immediately is that soldiers will be deployed to Britain’s streets to support the police. In an operation codenamed Temperer, military officials will patrol key sites and public events. This will include an extra armed presence at the FA Cup final at Wembley and the Premiership rugby final at Twickenham this weekend. The Scottish government is also reviewing security for the Scottish cup final at Hampden.

As Alan Travis explains in his analysis, the decision to up the threat level is not made by politicians:

The decision was taken by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, which analyses and assesses all intelligence relating to international terrorism in Britain and overseas. It brings together counter-terrorism experts from the police, security services and Whitehall departments.

As Theresa May indicated, it met repeatedly on Tuesday to assess the level of threat. In the morning it decided that the threat level should remain at severe but as the police investigation continued into the associates of the Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi, they took the decision to raise it to the highest level. As the prime minister explained, the “possibility of a wider network” is behind Abedi’s attack justified their decision.

 

14/March/2017

 

The operation involved counter-terror police from Madrid, Bilbao, Valencia and Gerona.
Europol, which supported the investigation, said the firearms were sold in Spain, France and Belgium.
It said some of the weapons were deactivated, but did not comply with established standards.
Criminals acquired the arsenal largely through auctions and other legal channels before reactivating it.
The gang had been using a sports shop as a front for its distribution centre – which in reality sold firearms, weapon components and ammunition.

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Islamic State changing terror tactics to maintain threat in Europe.

Press Release EUROPOL 05/03/2017

 

As the so-called Islamic State (IS) loses ground in the Middle East, the pattern of its recent terrorist attacks in Europe suggests that it has already adopted new tactics to attack the West. Currently the EU is facing a range of terrorist threats and attacks: from networked groups to lone actors; attacks directed by IS and those inspired by IS; the use of explosives and automatic rifles as well as bladed weapons and vehicles; and carefully prepared attacks alongside those that seem to be carried out spontaneously. The so-called Islamic State has proven to be very effective in inspiring people to commit terrorist acts and in setting attacks in motion themselves.

 

 

March/14/2017

 

Spanish Police have released striking pictures of a huge weapons haul seized from an organised crime group.
It includes over 10,000 assault rifles, machine guns, pistols, revolvers, and 400 shells and grenades.
The guns and ammunition were seized in January during an operation against firearms trafficking.
Investigators also found an illegal workshop with machinery to manipulate and reactivate weapons, near Bilbao. Five people were arrested.
Cash amounting to 80,000 euros (£70,000 / $85,000) was seized. The operation involved counter-terror police from Madrid, Bilbao, Valencia and Gerona.
Europol, which supported the investigation, said the firearms were sold in Spain, France and Belgium.
It said some of the weapons were deactivated, but did not comply with established standards.
Criminals acquired the arsenal largely through auctions and other legal channels before reactivating it.
The gang had been using a sports shop as a front for its distribution centre – which in reality sold firearms, weapon components and ammunition.Police said the weapons would have had an easy journey onto the black market, and into the hands of terrorists or organised crime groups.
Europol said firearms traffickers exploit legal loopholes and legislative differences between EU countries to divert guns from legal suppliers.
Reactivating deactivated weapons is one of Europe’s main sources of illegal guns.
The agency said it had seen a significant increase in the number being supplied to criminals since 2014.

 

 

15/ March/ 2017

 

“We have to be vigilant, since the threat posed by the so-called Islamic State (IS) and returning foreign fighters is likely to persist in the coming years. These people are trained to use explosives and firearms and they have been indoctrinated by the jihadist ideology. An effective response requires a comprehensive approach and long term commitment. Of course, the primary responsibility in the fight against terrorism lies with the Member States. However, the EU and its agencies such as Europol can and should play a supportive role that helps respond to the cross-border nature of the threat.”

 

Members of the public should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to the local police on or the anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321. If your information does not relate to an imminent threat, you can also contact MI5 via the How you can help us page.

 

 

15/03/2017

 

EU Current threat from international terrorism is SEVERE.

 

What the threat levels mean

Threat levels are designed to give a broad indication of the likelihood of a terrorist attack.

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

 

Islamic state (ISIS) Direct threats to Spain in 2017

 

The islamic state has reportedly issued a chilling threat to launch terror attacks in Spain, declaring: ‘We will recover our land from the invaders.’ The jihadists have long made it their goal to expand their boundaries beyond Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East. The militants issued the warning in a video that shows an ancient map of the Iberian peninsula turning red, it was reported by a number of national newspapers this week.

Despite the recent news the general feel and understanding by the public is one not to be alarmed, propaganda is a forefront of the Islamic extremist group’s armoury and travel plans should not be cancelled. We recommend you research of the city you intend to travel to and Asses more if situations were to significantly change. Private Security Ibiza limited collaborate with consultant’s embedded into international city’s providing first hand, on the ground information. If their are major concerns then travellers should took towards private contingency planning and crisis management, the Private security Ibiza limited risk management department will be able to provide more information on hostile country extraction management

Europe’s worst attack by Islamic militants occurred in Spain in 2004 when bombs on Madrid commuter trains killed 191 people.

Is there a threat from terrorism to the Balearics Ibiza in 2017

 

Threat from terrorism in Ibiza is listed as MODERATE with the rest of mainland Spain being on higher alert, the main factor for lower level of threat to the Balearics comes from case study information as recent events that have seen terrorists attempting to or in some cases, successfully escaping capture after their both failed and successful attacks. Escaping capture would be impossible on any of the Balearic islands due to their geographical positioning. Although the world is at war with terrorism an attack aimed at the Balearic Island’s is highly unlikely. To speak with one of our certified security consultants you can contact us here.

 

 

 

Criminal activity in Ibiza Spain

 

A rising number of Villa thefts in 2016 – Opportunistic and organised crime.

 

Thieves have targeted tourists with a wave of robberies in villas in the Santa Eularia, San Jose and San Antonio areas of the island.

The majority of thefts have occurred in properties occupied by wealthy tourists who some times do not report robberies to the police however some of the thefts have taken place at the homes of island residents. The Guardia Civil refused to confirm whether or not the robberies had taken place as only arrests and completed operations make it to the press.

Most incidents have seen jewellery and money stolen by thieves, sometimes entering properties while the occupants are at asleep. Often the same villa can be targeted by thieves on more than one occasions and the owner believes the thieves must be monitoring changes of tenancy at the property. Robberies are a huge problem on the island throughout the year with many residents and tourists critical of the police force for failing to deal with the problem effectively. The number of incidents including the high number of villa thefts across the island makes it impossible for the local police to deal with effectively.

 

Online villa rental fraudsters on the rise in Ibiza. 

 

The most unfortunate stories we hear in Ibiza: during the summer is how many tourists have been scammed by online fraudsters when renting luxury villa’s. The number of cases we hear each year grow’s yet the story seems to remain the same. The meet & greet service that they were promised didn’t arrive, the contact numbers they call no longer pick up and the emails no longer reply! That’s when they realised they had been scammed and their deposit had been stolen, not only this but now they have found themselves standard in Ibiza during the busiest period with nowhere to stay, a very costly and inconvenient situation that would ruin almost everybody’s holiday.

A glossy website does not always mean that your money is safe, It is all too easy for fraudsters to list properties they don’t own on third party villa rental site, take a booking, and disappear with the money. Speak to the owners on the phone – their number should be provided (and note that a landline gives you more security than a mobile). Check if the owner and the villa its self has social media accounts by using the contact and email numbers and putting them into search engines and social media search bars, many luxury villas these days even have their own webpages. Cross reference the details you have with the ones you find on line. If you find the same villa elsewhere then contact using the details provided and ensure that you speaking with the same people.  Ask for details about the property and the area, and gauge how knowledgeable and trustworthy they seem to be. Ask them for their postal address, too – you would be unwise to sign a contract with anyone whose address you don’t know.

Use google maps to confirm the location of the villa, and, once you have located it, you may be able to use Street View to see that the property matches up with the pictures posted online.

When paying the deposit and balance, always avoid wired money transfers by companies like Western Union, which may be untraceable. Credit card payments are safest. PayPal may provide some protection if your account is linked to a credit card such as Visa, the card issuer is liable for the fraud – as long as you don’t “load” your PayPal account with money debited to the card before you pay for the villa. Do not send any money without receiving, and checking that you are happy with, the written contract.

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EUROPEAN THREAT LEVELS: JUNE 2017 MI5
Information only – Focus point United Kingdom and Spain Ibiza.

 

Members of the public should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to the police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321. If your information does not relate to an imminent threat, you can also contact MI5 via the How you can help us page.

Current threat from international terrorism

Current threat from Northern Ireland-related terrorism
The threat level for Northern Ireland-related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland).

 

 

HOLIDAY VICTIMS CRIME:

US Embassy Madrid Spain 2017

 

Important : DON’T FLASH YOUR CASH OR VALUABLES.

If you stop at a cash machine or shop on the way, try to conduct transactions as discretely as possible. Carrying your bag with the clasp facing inwards is a good idea, but keep your keys and phone separately in your pocket if possible.

If you or someone you know becomes the victim of a crime abroad, you should contact the local police and the nearest embassy or consulate, they can help with the following: Replace a stolen passport, Help you find appropriate medical care if you are the victim of violent crimes such as assault or rape, put you in contact with the appropriate police authorities, and if you want us to, we can contact family members or friends.  Help you understand the local criminal justice process and direct you to local attorneys, although it is important to remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

 

Be especially careful in crowds. Avoid placing passports, cash or other valuables in the outer pockets of backpacks or purses. Pickpockets often use the cover of a crowd to rob unsuspecting tourists and visitors.  Do not leave belongings unattended in public areas.  Do not put purses on the floor or on the backs of chairs at restaurants. Keep valuable belongings within sight and within easy reach at all times in public areas to reduce the risk of theft.

Thieves often work in teams of two or more people. In many cases, one person distracts a victim while the accomplices perform the robbery. For example, someone might wave a map in your face and ask for directions, ”inadvertently” spill something on you, or help you clean up bird droppings thrown on you by a third unseen accomplice. While your attention is diverted, an accomplice makes off with your valuables. Thieves may drop coins or keys at your feet to distract you and try to take your belongings while you are trying to help. Physical assaults rarely happen. In the past, such attacks were initiated from behind, with the victim being grabbed around the neck and choked by one assailant while others rifle through or grab your belongings.

 

A group of assailants may surround the victim in a crowded popular tourist area or on public transportation, and only after the group has departed does the person discover he/she has been robbed. Purse snatchers may grab purses or wallets and run away, or immediately pass the stolen item to an accomplice. A passenger on a passing motorcycle sometimes robs pedestrians.

 

There have been reports of thieves posing as plainclothes police officers, beckoning to pedestrians from cars and sometimes confronting them on the street asking for documents, or to inspect their cash for counterfeit bills, which they ultimately confiscate as “evidence.” The U.S. Embassy in Madrid has received reports of cars on limited access motorways being pulled over by supposed unmarked police cars. The Spanish police do not operate in this fashion. We encourage U.S. citizens to ask for a uniformed law enforcement officer if approached.

 

Theft from vehicles is also common. “Good Samaritan” scams are common, where a passing car or helpful stranger will attempt to divert the driver’s attention by indicating there is a flat tire or mechanical problem.  When the driver stops to check the vehicle, the “Good Samaritan” will appear to help the driver and passengers while the accomplice steals from the unlocked car. Drivers should be cautious about accepting help from anyone other than a uniformed Spanish police officer or Civil Guard. Items high in value like luggage, cameras, laptop computers, or briefcases are often stolen from cars.  We recommend that travellers not leave baggage in plain view inside parked cars, and keep doors locked, windows rolled up, and valuables out of sight when driving.

 

While the incidence of sexual assault is statistically very low, attacks could occur. We recommend that U.S. citizens remain aware of their surroundings at all times, and travel with a companion if possible, especially at night. Spanish authorities warn of the availability of so-called “date-rape” drugs and other drugs, including GBH and liquid ecstasy. U.S. citizens should not lower their personal security awareness because they are on vacation. Be cautious in bars and clubs where alcohol is served, never leave your drink unattended and never accept an open drink from a stranger. Incidents have been reported of people falling victim to serious crime after having drugs slipped into their drinks.

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

 

The Department of State has issued this Worldwide Caution to update information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world.  U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated July 18, 2012, to provide updated information on security threats and terrorist activities worldwide.

The Department of State remains concerned about the continued threat of terrorist attacks, demonstrations, and other violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests overseas.  Current information suggests that al-Qaida, its affiliated organizations, and other terrorist organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks against U.S. interests in multiple regions, including Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Examples of such targets include high-profile sporting events, residential areas, business offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants.

 

Source: MI5 

More information can be found on the MI5 and the US Dept of State we