The Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire Counter Terrorism Security Advisors have issued the following general advice about open spaces, crowded places and events. Essentially it is good common sense.
Firstly, our Counter Terrorism Police reassure us that there is currently no intelligence to suggest that the North Hertfordshire area is at any increased risk of attack. The purpose of this information is to provide guidance and reassurance.
- If you are running festive events, please review your security measures. You should have good, visible, pro-active security and for larger events, you might want to consider, if deemed appropriate, using things such as raised flower beds/concrete planters or street furniture to reduce the risk of a hostile vehicle entering the area.
- The threat level in the UK has not changed as a result of recent incidents and remains at SEVERE from international terrorism. This means that an attack is highly likely. This threat assessment is generic and does not provide any detail as to locations or timings. Last year’s events showed us that attacks can happen at any time or place without warning.
- If the national security threat level suddenly rises to CRITICAL, this means that an attack is expected imminently. Event organisers and people in charge of crowded spaces should immediately review their own security arrangements and ensure that things like access passes and badges are double checked and that private car parks are checked several times a day for unauthorised vehicles. In short, making sure that your security arrangements are actually in place rather than relying upon someone else to do it.
- Our priority is the safety and security of all those attending events and crowded places and the public are encouraged to continue with their plans to enjoy events.
- Be vigilant for anyone or anything that looks out of place or suspicious and encourage staff to report it to a member of staff, security or police.
- The ACT Awareness e-learning tool, developed to provide nationally accredited counter terrorism guidance to help industry better understand and mitigate against current terrorist methodology, is available via the NaCTSO website and has already been adopted by 2,000 businesses nationwide.
60 Second Security Check
The Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire Counter Terrorism Security Advisors encourage you to undertake this Sixty-Second-Security-Check:
- Who is appointed to make decisions on the ‘shop floor’, and do they know what they’re doing?
- How do you enter and exit the premises in emergency?
- How do you lock down/secure the premises quickly?
- Where can you hide?
- How do you communicate and how do you stay updated if you find yourself in an attack scenario?
- Have you briefed your staff?
Protective security guidance
The links below provide useful guidance and information on protective security:
- Guidance for crowded places. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/619411/170614_crowded-places-guidance_v1.pdf
This is a PDF document which provides a wealth of security advice on the varying attack methodologies, physical, personnel and personal security, which you may find beneficial.
- RUN, HIDE, TELL (Stay Safe) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/stay-safe-film
This short video is intended to provide information of some simple actions to consider to stay safe in the event of a firearms or weapons attack.
- Guidance on recognising the terrorist threat http://www.nactso.gov.uk
- National Infrastructure www.cpni.gov.uk The Centre for the Protection of the National Infrastructure website has protective security materials and guidance readily available for use.
- ACT!- Action Counters Terrorism, A new government campaign which focusses on the critical role that the public can play in defeating terrorism. https://act.campaign.gov.uk/. Further information can be found on https://www.gov.uk/government/news/action-counters-terrorism
At this time, we urge the public to remain alert, but not alarmed. Look out for anything that seems out of place, unusual, or doesn't seem to fit in with day-to-day life.
It may be nothing but if you see or hear anything that could be terrorist related trust your instinct no matter how small then ACT and call 999 in an emergency.
Suspicious activity can also be reported to the police by calling the Anti-Terrorist Hotline confidentially, on 0800 789 321, local policing on 101, or report via gov.uk/ACT.