We would to bring to your attention an ongoing initiative under the auspices of the
National Crime Agency, Police, and Border Force to increase vigilance along the UK’s coastline and maritime environment. This information has been brought to our attention by the RYA and Police Scotland
Additionally from Police Scotland
There are nearly 20,000 miles of coastline, and a complex network of estuaries, navigable rivers, coves, inlets, ports and harbours, all of which can be exploited by terrorists and serious criminals. Project Karaken is a joint initiative to encourage you to report any unusual or suspicious behaviour in these and other maritime environments. The leaflets state “No matter how trivial it may seem; if it looks out of the ordinary, we want to know about it. Whether you work in the maritime industries, are a keen sailor, or are just walking along the coast, your local knowledge and your experience of the maritime world means you are well placed to spot anything unusual. By working together we can help to prevent terrorists and organised criminals posing a threat to your neighbours, your pastimes, your businesses and your livelihoods. They will exploit any opening they find.”
You are invited to report any unusual or suspicious activity near the coastline and in maritime environments.
This could include, among others:
• Crew who show signs of nervousness or a lack of awareness of maritime protocols and customs.
• Vessels showing signs of unusual modification or minor damage.
• Increased activity at isolated coastal locations or at unusual times of the day.
• Any attempts to signal to vessels offshore or guide them into an unusual landfall.
• Strange patterns of payment, such as large amounts of cash.
• People testing site security or an unusual interest in site structures and wharfs.
Report it to your local police on 101, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, and quote “KRAKEN”.
Do not take direct action against any individuals or groups. If it is an emergency, call 999.