Latest Europol report: what has changed, and what's next?
Over the past few years, terrorism has increased in the EU – in terms of acts prevented or intercepted as well as those which tragically took place.
The latest report released by Europol highlights this increase and warns that the risk of terrorism remains high in countries including France, Germany, and the UK. Other countries that are part of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS or Isis) may also be targeted, according to the report.
The Times noted that this report was published “A day after David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, warned that the terror threat remained severe with the return of around half of the 850 Britons who travelled to Syria and Iraq.”
How much danger is there?
The simple answer is that nobody can predict exactly what will happen, however the report indicates that there are likely to be more “lone wolf” attacks rather than larger-scale operations, and there’s therefore less chance of key infrastructure such as nuclear power plants being targeted.
It does mean that lone gunmen or suicide bombers are a possibility, and it’s more important than ever to keep our eyes open and report anything suspicious – whether it’s a parcel, a person, or a situation.
According to the report, in the EU in 2015:
- 151 people died and over 360 were injured as a result of terrorist attacks
- There were 211 failed, foiled or completed terrorist attacks in six Member States
- 1,077 individuals were arrested for terrorism-related offences
- Courts issued 527 verdicts to 514 individuals tried on terrorism charges
We still feel that terrorism is not enough of a threat to make us stay home. It does exist, but statistically we’re far more likely to be indirectly affected by it – delayed transport, cancelled holidays, etc. – than to be killed or injured.
Be prepared, not scared
Remember that the primary goal of terrorism is to create terror. We believe that being informed, acting calmly and responsibly, and not being afraid, are some excellent ways to stand up to terrorism.
Here at Safe Journey, we’ll continue to provide the latest information on terrorism and travel safety to help you make informed decisions for a safer journey every time.
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