Community Reporting on Terrorism: Bystanders Versus Social Intimates
Campaigns encourage us to come forward as early as possible to report concerns about people radicalising to violence. But how well do they speak to those closest to suspects of violent extremism?
General community bystander reporting is an essential tool for law enforcement to detect and pursue those committed to violence. As Mary Rowe notes, ‘most problematic and dangerous behaviours are observed – or even known in advance – by people other than the actor’.