As previously communicated, last night the independent Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) raised the threat level for international terrorism in the UK to CRITICAL, an assessment that means not only that an attack remains highly likely, but a further attack may be imminent. Such an assessment can only be made generically and does not provide details or specifics, so sites will still vary in vulnerability and some will be therefore be more attractive targets than others.
Increased Threat Response
The Police will be introducing higher levels of presence on a cascade priority basis i.e. in some cases mobilising the military where armed police were present, moving armed police to high profile sites and so on, to free up resources for the wider need. You can be assured that Ward Security have also responded:
Communications to all staff on the update of threat level and key activity
Sites close to incidents/current road closures being similarly similarly contacted,
Relief being coordinated to assist with potential increase in demand
Where appropriate approved Business partners being put on alert
Levels of demand on Schedulers and Control being monitored
Operational Management increasing levels of site visits to ensure messages understood
Operational support monitoring news feeds and intelligence agency advice
What Else Can be Done?
We are conscious that our clients have oversight of a wide range of sites: from large iconic properties to small empty dwellings, from sprawling business estates to residential apartments, from extensive portfolios to individual properties. Specific risks and threats therefore vary in each scenario and mitigating actions needs to be assessed accordingly, but the increase in threat level does not dilute the effectiveness of the guidance and suggestions previously provided:
- Increase Staff awareness through videos such as: https://vimeo.com/wardsecurity
o Eyes Wide Open
o Operation Fairway
o Run, Hide, Tell – Stay Safe Firearms and Weapons Attacks
- Make use of Intelligence Websites for specific sector guidance, particularly for crowded places: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/crowded-places#sector-specific-guidance
- The first level of protection is often achieved by staff looking out for suspicious items or packages. Are they aware of the possible indicators that an item may be of concern and the appropriate action and line of reporting on discovery? For more information click here
- Make regular use of news-feeds and social media for live data and developing information.
- Encourage dynamic leadership and assessments. Staff will know what is “normal” on a day to day basis. ALL staff, not just Security, should be proactively using customer service skills in challenging visitors, vehicles, and anything out of place. Any “Non-Baseline” behaviour should be reported to the Anti- Terrorist Hotline and not assessed purely on culture, appearance or gender. That one phone call just may be the critical piece of missing information.
- Differing Emergency situations may require differing types of response i.e. Evacuation, Invacuation or Lockdown. Would your employees know what to do and have they practiced their response to make it instinctive?
Evacuation – Orderly movement of staff due to a fire or other incident within the building. Can there be multiple egress points to reduce crowds or queues?
Invacuation – Movement of staff to the most sheltered areas within the building away from external windows or other exposed areas used if moving outside would increase the risk to staff.
Lockdown – Locking of external doors and windows to take shelter in a secure location such as a cupboard or locked room until such time as the all clear signal is raised.
- Utilise free apps such as “CitizenAID.” This app guides the user to follow the logical steps to do the right things in the right order to have the best chance of staying safe in the event of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and when anxiety prevents us from thinking rationally.
- Do not be complacent even in non-hostile times. Review your site with for non-essential access and exit points.
The revised threat level is not intended as a long term plan. Further information will be communicated in the event of any further developments or changes in Police directives. The following links provide additional useful information that may assist when deploying tactical options:
|Anti-terrorist Hotline||0800 789 321|
If you have any further queries, please contact your Ward Security Operations Manager, alternatively contact our 24 Contact Centre:
0845 847 6180