Terrorism Threat: Stay Vigilant

June 07, 2017

In response to the recent events, we want to emphasise the importance of vigilance and of reporting any concerns to the anti-terrorist hotline. The current UK threat level for international terrorism is: SEVERE. This means that a terrorist attack is highly likely.

If you see or hear anything that could be terrorist-related trust your instincts and call the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.

Please refresh the knowledge of staff that have received either Project Griffin or Project Argus training and deploy staff who have received training in behavioural detection (where you have them).

The National Counter Terrorism Office (NaCTSO) has recently launched the following guidance entitled ‘the National Stakeholder Menu of Tactical Options’.

Be proactive in challenging visitors, vehicles and anything out of place and consider the following options particularly around crowded places, night-time economy and iconic sites:

  • Review patrol strategy (be unpredictable)
  • Adopt high visibility clothing
  • Brigade resources with neighbouring contracts/buildings
  • 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 exit points
  • Focus CCTV on all communal areas and vulnerable points
  • Ensure CCTV is fit for purpose

We recommend that security operatives refresh themselves with how to be vigilant by watching the video ‘Personnel security – Eyes Wide Open’ by the Centre for the Protection for National Infrastructure (CPNI). The following resources are available:

Find out more about:

  • Project Griffin (counter terrorism training for security operatives)
  • Project Argus (counter terrorism training to protect a business or an organisation).

The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) has produced a guidance document with advice for security managers of crowded places. There are a number of operational and tactical options you may wish to consider.



Source: www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk