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Project Kracken  

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What is Project Kraken?

Project Kraken delivers an enhanced crime and counter terrorist ‘vigilance’ capability within the maritime environment of Scotland. It engages key stakeholders together with local communities to provide a hostile environment to terrorists and criminals looking to disrupt the everyday lives and safety of those who live, work, or travel through Scotland. Through enhanced criminal and counter terrorist awareness and a promotion in the exchange of information, Scotland can continue to be a safe place to live, work and relax for all. 


How does Project Kraken Work?

Project Kraken, through the provision of a central phone number, provides a mechanism for the reporting of unusual activity or behaviour within the maritime environment, believed or suspected to be linked to acts of crime or preparatory acts of terrorism.

Whilst it is almost impossible to say with any certainty what a criminal or terrorist might look like, an individual’s activity or behaviour can become suspicious in the context of the location they are in. Likewise, the unexpected or unusual presence of a vessel or a particular cargo within a small port or marina might just cause reason for concern by those who live, work and relax in that particular environment on a regular basis.

Project Kraken provides for the collation and assessment of all information and intelligence relating to such suspicious activity or behaviour in circumstances that could be linked to criminal or terrorist activity or acts of a preparatory nature. It allows for the appropriate deployment of assets and resources from Police Scotland and its partner agencies in response to a potential or defined threat.


If you suspect it, report it.

Call Police Scotland on 101 and quote Project Kraken.

Alternatively, you can get in contact with Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by completing an online form at

Always dial 999 when an immediate response is needed - when a crime is in progress, when someone suspected of a crime is nearby, when a life is in danger or when violence is being used or threatened.


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Project Kraken

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