Counter Terrorism Advice for Business
Following the recent multiple deaths and injuries at the Manchester Arena terrorist attack the following points are relevant:-
- There is an ongoing large scale police investigation.
- Police and partners are doing everything possible to protect the public.
- Policing and security around events and crowded places is being reviewed.
- The attack in Manchester occurred at the end of the event when event organisers and staff traditionally focus on dispersal and clear up.
- Security, which may have been primarily deployed to manage the entry and delivery phases of the event, is deployed elsewhere or absent.
- Attendees will be focusing on their exit and homeward journey etc. These factors combine to make this phase potentially vulnerable to a range of attack methodologies.
- It reminds us of the need to consider the whole event lifecycle within an event security plan, particularly the risks to crowded places created within or adjacent to a venue in the post event phase.
- This is equally important to the night time economy venues or an office block where significant numbers leave together during rush hour.
The UK threat level from International Terrorism has been raised to CRITICAL. This means an attack is imminent. The current UK threat level from Northern Ireland Related Terrorism remains at SUBSTANTIAL.
Consider The Following Tactical Options:-
- Review patrol strategy (be unpredictable).
- Adopt high visibility clothing / uniform.
- Brigade resources with neighbouring contracts/buildings.
- Check building exit points for suspicious items and persons acting suspiciously prior to allowing persons to exit.
- Report any suspicious activity in a timely manner, early reporting of suspected hostile reconnaissance is vital in combating terrorism.
- Implement communication links with surrounding premises to pass on information about suspicious activity/behaviour.
- Consider closing non-essential access and egress points.
- Focus CCTV on all communal areas and vulnerable points.
- Ensure CCTV is fit for purpose.
(This is not an exclusive list and it is recommended you consider all tactical options including reviewing your building and business continuity plans.)
- First aid points are fully stocked.
- Location of key equipment is made clear to all staff.
- Direct staff to the ‘Citizen Aid’ App.
- View Run, Hide, Tell on YouTube.
The Centre for the Protection of the National Infrastructure (CPNI) and/or National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) has detailed protective security advice for businesses, communities and the public, this is available from their websites. The advice relates to:
- Introduction to counter terrorism (A 20 minute self-delivery presentation containing three core counter terrorism messages for self-delivery. The content relates to hostile reconnaissance, suspicious behaviour and weapons and firearms attack)
- Search planning
- Evacuation, invacuation and lockdown (See attached document)
- Preparedness, first aid kits and crisis incident kits
- Security culture
- Reporting suspicious transactions around precursor materials that can be used in bomb making
- Guidance for the public, businesses and laboratories on using, storing and selling explosives precursors and poisons
- Good practice for security guards and those involved in delivery of security
- The effects of blast and cordon distance
Further advice on Hostile Incursion can be found below (please click to enlarge):
The NaCTSO and CPNI web site can be found on the following link :
The following links provide additional useful information that may assist when deploying the tactical options;
Some of you will have innovative and new ways of delivering protective security, which you may wish to share with other partners.We advise the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity to:-
- The Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321 or 101
- In an emergency the public should always call 999.
Please reinforce these telephone numbers to your workforce.
We wish to reiterate that the UK national threat level has been raised to CRITICAL : an attack is imminent
Contact details for North Wales Counter Terrorism Security Advisors:-
Office: 01492 804166