Border Force, the National Crime Agency and local police forces have established Project KRAKEN as a way to gather the vital intelligence all law enforcement agencies require to keep the country safe.
The RYA supports the call for people who live and work along the country's coastline to report suspicious activity to the local police by calling 101, or anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.
By quoting KRAKEN, information can be quickly passed on to the relevant agency and investigated.
What's the risk?
As an island nation, our coastline is one of our key defences against those looking to smuggle themselves or harmful goods into the country but there is also the potential for serious criminals or terrorists to exploit it.
The Border Force gathers and acts on intelligence from a wide range of sources, both in the UK and overseas. This includes information from the public and it is the maritime community who are best placed to recognise what is out of the ordinary in their local area.
With Spring now here, people who live or work in the marine environment, or who spend their leisure time on or near our waters, are being reminded to report any suspicious activity.
How you can help
You should report any unusual or suspicious activity near the UK coastline immediately. Examples of unusual activity could include:
- nervous crew members who lack awareness of maritime protocol or customs;
- vessels showing signs of unusual modifications or damage;
- activity in isolated or remote spots at unusual times of the day;
- attempts to signal to vessels offshore or guide them into an unusual location
Even if you feel it's 'probably nothing', trust your instincts. It is much better to investigate and find nothing untoward, than miss the final piece of information that could lead to an arrest.
If you see anything unusual or suspicious you can report it to your local police on 101, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting 'Kraken'.
Find out more at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m22pLcC_Hmk
In an emergency, always call 999!