Updates and advice following the incident in Westminster on 22 March 2017.
Following the tragic incident on Westminster Bridge and at the Palace of Westminster on 22 March 2017 it is important that the police security stance and the private sector are joined up. To ensure this NaCTSO recommend businesses consider some protective security tactics to aid their security, whilst remembering that the threat level remains at ‘SEVERE’.
The attack incorporated multiple methodologies - as such no one security element will wholly mitigate such attacks. We understand that people responsible for building security have differing priorities, some being responsible for large iconic sites and others for small businesses, but the message remains the same - effective security and effective communities defeat terrorism
We know that terrorists will undertake hostile reconnaissance ahead of conducting an attack and increased vigilance by staff and the creation of a hostile environment combats such hostile reconnaissance. You should refresh the knowledge of staff that have received Project Griffin and Project Argus training and deploy staff who have received training in behavioural detection (where you have them).
Staff should be encouraged to proactively challenge visitors, vehicles, and anything out of place.
It is important that you review your security plans; consider the following options from the National Stakeholder Menu of Options, particularly around crowded places, night-time economy, and iconic sites. it is recommended that businesses look at the full menu and consider any other options that suit your premises or organisation.
You should also review your building and business continuity plans in the light of this attack. First aid points should be checked to make sure they are fully stocked and the location of key equipment is made clear to all staff. NaCTSO also recommend that staff look at the Citizen Aid app and refresh themselves on Run, Hide, Tell advice. The number of casualties treated by the public highlights the importance of understanding first aid.
For latest updates on the incident that took place in Westminster on 22 March you can read more on the Metropolitan Police website.
Useful information that may assist when deploying the tactical options:
- businesses to help inform preparation and response plans to terrorist incidents
- sector specific advice for crowded places
- CPNI advice on CCTV
Find out more about the Action Counters Terrorism campaign.