In light of continued terrorism attacks and subsequent changes to the UK Government’s threat levels, businesses and individuals are urged to be extra vigilant.
The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) has issued a National Stakeholders Menu of Tactical Options in response to this raised threat level. It is recommended that all businesses/partners read and consider these. NaCTSO are not at this time recommending any specific changes to how you operate, but recommend that you consider increasing and/or reviewing the following:
- Security presence
- Staff Vigilance
- Partnership working
Whilst these measures are quickly achievable, by far the greatest asset and tactic you have is engaging staff who deliver a high level of quality of service – by speaking to visitors to your buildings and challenging those displaying unusual behaviour.
You should also review your building and business continuity plans in the light of this attack, ensure that first aid points are fully stocked, and make sure that the location of key equipment is made clear to all staff. We also recommend that employees are directed to the Citizen Aid app and Run, Hide, Tell on YouTube.
The NaCTSO recognise that many businesses will have innovative ways of managing protective security. They ask that where you think you have a tactic or operating model that could be utilised by another similar organisation to good effect, that you share it with the NaCTSO so they can, in turn, share with others.
A final point to note, all terrorists use hostile reconnaissance in attack planning and we are reminded by the NaCTSO of the need to train staff and remind everyone of the vital role they play in recognising hostile reconnaissance. If in doubt, call the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency, 999.
The following links provide additional useful information that may assist when deploying the tactical options:
If you have any concerns or queries regarding your security arrangements, please contact your usual broking team or Gary Foggo (Health & Safety Consultant, TL Dallas) on 07920 862983 or email email@example.com.
The nature of terror attacks are changing and so therefore are the types of insurance available. You may well suffer a loss of business following terror attacks even if the attack does not directly affect your premises and there are types of cover, such as ‘Active Assailant, loss of attraction & threat’ that would cover you in these instances.
For more information please contact your TL Dallas broker or email firstname.lastname@example.org.