Secure Your Fertiliser
Since the early 70's inorganic nitrogenous fertilisers (sometimes spelt fertilizers) have been misused by terrorists as an ingredient in home made explosive (HME). Whilst the concern affects all solid nitrate fertilisers the widespread use of ammonium nitrate (AN) and ammonium nitrate based fertilisers is of particular significance.
The UK currently manufactures or imports about 4 million tonnes of AN and AN based fertiliser annually from a global market totalling 23 million tonnes. Not surprisingly (given the relatively small land mass of the UK) we are by far the heaviest users of AN and AN based fertilisers in the world. Inevitably this means that the blending, storage, transport and use of fertiliser is common-place creating opportunities for potential terrorists to acquire such material.
At this time of year particularly, when large amounts of fertiliser are being delivered to farmers and growers across the UK, anyone who handles or stores fertiliser should consider its' security preventing it from falling into the wrong hands.
This website aims to raise awareness amongst the farming and growing community and to provide practical guidance about securing your fertiliser.
To secure YOUR fertiliser, there are many simple measures which, if taken, may prevent a theft. Please read again the 'Basic principles of good security' and see if there are measures you can implement.
There is no doubt that terrorists will target those things that are easy to obtain.
Please report ANY suspicious activity at or near your premises, it may prove to be a missing part of a bigger picture.
If you have suspicions about somebody's activities or behaviour, or if you have any information that might be relevant, call the police Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. In an emergency, always dial 999.