National Counter Terror Security Office issues new guidance for terror threat

Retail BID Birmingham has been issued with new guidance and advice for managing the security of crowded places after recent terror attacks in London and Manchester.

The new Crowded Places guidance for the UK has been written by the National Counter Terror Security Office (NaCTSO) with the support of The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and over 100 experts.

It is designed to build a security plan to help mitigate risks and recover more quickly should there be a terrorist attack in the city centre.

The download guide is broken into different sectors, such as night-time economy, stadia, hotels and visitor attractions.

Each section talks about suspicious items and behaviour, CCTV, evacuation plans and good housekeeping.

As the terrorist threat evolves the guidance has been designed to be a living document taking the best advice from some of the UK’s leading experts and organisations. There are links within the guidance directing to websites providing support in planning.

The National Counter Terror Security Office Crowded Places Guidance

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi said: “Terrorist attacks are rare in the UK, but recent events have shown that an attack could happen anywhere and without warning.

“Those locations either public or private where large groups of people gather, for reasons such as entertainment, business, transportation, sporting or social occasions, have always been preferential targets for terrorists.

“Terrorism has evolved in recent times, with many conflicts overseas influencing terrorist acts in the UK. Social media is being manipulated to incite, inspire and enable groups and individuals to target these crowded places.

“The UK Threat level from International Terrorism is ‘SEVERE’, which means that an attack is highly likely. Such an attack can come in many forms, not just a physical but it can include interference with vital information or communication systems, causing disruption and economic damage.

“Against this background there is a need to make our crowded places as accessible as possible and to minimise the threat.

“However, there is a balance to be achieved where we must all take responsibility for security to mitigate the threat and impact of terrorism.

“This new and updated guidance is intended to give protective security advice to those responsible for managing the security of crowded places. Every location is different and I would urge those of you who hold this responsibility to review your security using the information in this guidance to reassure yourselves around your Security Plan.”

To read or download the guide visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/crowded-places-guidance