Bomb threat

Do not hang up the telephone at all, even if the caller hangs up! Talk to the caller. If possible get a colleague to call the AFP while you talk to the caller. Keep calm. Refer to the AFP checklist if on hand. Otherwise use the following.

Delay caller and ask to repeat what was said.

Key Questions

Where is it?

When will it explode?

What will make it explode?

What does it look like?

What type of bomb is it?

Why are you doing this?

What is your name?

And other open-ended questions (not for a yes/no answer)

Other Helps

Date and time.

Your phone number

Caller’s number if on phone display

Male / female


Manner: calm / angry /emotional

Speech: well spoken / incoherent / message was read?

Background noise: traffic / music / machines / children etc


Do not touch or move the item!

If necessary clear the area of people.

Wait for AFP to attend.