The police and security services are working hard to protect the public and businesses from terrorism and this week gives us an opportunity to remind communities about this threat and help them to take the necessary steps to stay safe.
The launch of Counter Terrorism Awareness Week outlines the current threat and what is being done to tackle it.
With the recent events in Paris, it is important to highlight that the threat level to the UK from international terrorism remains at SEVERE, which means an attack is highly likely. The UK has been operating at this level since August 2014 and it is important that following these events all communities remain alert but not alarmed.
Today, Tuesday the focus will be on public vigilance to help report terrorist activity – both online and off – and explains what to look out for and how the public can get in touch with the police if they have concerns or information about suspicious behaviour or activity.
Wednesday will see the conversation move toward how businesses and industry can be best prepared against the online threat from cyber terrorism. On Thursday efforts will concentrate on the dangers of online radicalisation and how to safeguard those who are vulnerable.
At the end of the week, in advance of one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, the police will highlight useful information that will explain how to keep popular digital gift items safe from unwanted external influences. They recognise that in these times relationships with the public – from whom information about suspicious behaviour is vital – needs to be stronger than ever before.
The police are advising the public not to be concerned about the things they are unable to control, but instead to focus on what they can do that will make a difference, and to ensure they know where to get information from the police in a crisis, whether it’s through social media or more traditional ways such as radio and TV.
Visit www.gov.uk/government/organisations/national-counter-terrorism-security-office today and every day this week for information around how to stay safe and how to be vigilant against the threat from terrrorism.
Further useful advice for businesses with regard to travel, emergency planning and business security can be found at www.mi5.gov.uk/home/what-you-can-do.html
We would remind our members that they should check that their Business Radio Link radios are charged and working properly and that managers review their contingency plans in the event of an evacuation or attack.
If you are a senior decision maker for your business and are interested in attending The Partnership’s Project Argus Counter Terrorism Seminar this Friday, 27 November please contact the team.
The key message to everyone is simply “If you Suspect it, Report it” 0800 789 321.