Acts of terrorism in the UK are rare but sadly there is a likelihood that terrorists will try to attack us. Recent events around the world are a reminder of the threat we face.
The security services continually monitor, review and assess the current threat level to the UK from international terrorism. This is published on the MI5 website: MI5 website - terrorism threat levels
Public Vigilance – Stay Safe
Wiltshire and Swindon are safe places to live and work. While concerted action by the police and security services takes place every day to protect the public it is important for communities to be alert, not alarmed. Locally, all agencies have an important role to play in the fight against terrorism and they all work together on a regular basis to mitigate the threat.
It is important that agencies and communities work together to defeat terrorism. We ask the public to look out for and report any suspicious activity. Suspicious activity is anything that seems out of place, unusual or just doesn’t seem to fit in with day-to-day life. Further information can be found at: UK Government website - public vigilance article
If you see or hear anything suspicious remember:
- In an emergency dial 999, or
- To pass confidential information ring the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321
It is important that communities remain vigilant and aware of how to protect themselves if the need arises. The following is a link to a short video entitled Stay Safe that has been produced by the Police Service on the steps you can take to keep safe in the rare event of a firearms or weapons attack: UK Government stay safe film
People are understandably concerned about foreign travel. When planning a trip abroad the latest travel advice by country including safety and security, entry requirements, travel warnings and health can be found on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website at: Foreign Office travel advice
Advice to Business
For companies in Wiltshire and Swindon, simple good risk management practice (including vigilance and contingency arrangements) may be all that is needed. Others may feel more vulnerable to attack and so should apply protective security measures to reduce the risk. Further advice and information can be found at: Government advice on protecting business assets
There is plenty of advice available via the internet. For businesses who feel they are particularly vulnerable advice can be obtained locally from Counter Terrorism Security Advisors at Wiltshire Police who can be contacted on 101 or email Wiltshire Police on firstname.lastname@example.org
There is increasing concern about the worrying numbers of young people who are putting themselves at risk by travelling to Syria and other conflict zones and to help the numbers of families that have been torn apart by fear when their loved ones travel.
The below website aims to provide advice and information to help keep our loved ones safe, and to try and address the numerous associated issues. It appeals to family members to share their concerns so they can access the help and support they need to protect their loved ones. http://www.preventtragedies.co.uk/
Many businesses operate as part of their core business or in order to supply and deliver goods. It is important that given the vehicle borne terrorist attacks in Nice and Berlin that the security of vehicles, of all sizes, and the safety of the vehicle operators is considered.
Help reduce criminal and suspicious activity by following these simple steps:
- Park your vehicle legally in secure well lit areas; off the street where possible, ideally in an authorised lorry park
- Secure your vehicle and load when left unattended
- Secure your cab at all times
- Leave valuables out of sight
- Make sure you verify the identity of the person driving your vehicle and their documents
- Use of large vehicles in such a way as to create road closures into your event footprint. This is a very flexible solution, very fast to deploy, and can be redeployed/moved at very short notice. It can be easily moved to permit authorised vehicular and/or emergency access. Ask your Local Authority if they can assist with large vehicles such as refuse trucks.
- Use of pedestrian barriers or Herras fencing will act as a slowing mechanism. If this is all that is available, then it should be used.
- Lawful positioning of machinery or street furniture such as large generators, skips, cherry pickers and forklifts at temporary events will offer protection and slow down a momentum vehicle.
- There are some stocks of privately held vehicle barrier systems, available at a cost. Contact the National Barrier Asset (NBA) team at Sussex Police on NBA@sussex.pnn.police.uk for advice.
Crowded Places - Advice:
Crowded and public places such as shopping centres, sports stadia and festive markets are attractive targets to terrorists. There is however currently no itelligence to suggest that these locations are being targetted in the UK. Businesses and those responsible for such locations are strongly advised to review their current security and contingency plans.
Advice can be found at:- https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/crowded-places and https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/national-counter-terrorism-security-office Further advice can be obtained locally from Counter Terrorism Security Advisors at Wiltshire Police who can be contacted on 101 or email Wilshire Police.