Counter terrorism protective security advice for places of worship

Guidance on reducing the risk from terrorism in places of worship.

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Counter terrorism protective security advice for places of worship

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This guidance has been replaced.

Please see the updated Crowded Places guidance here

Places of worship may be targeted by terrorists because of the nature of the place of worship, the number of people who congregate in it, or due to special events taking place there, possibly with high profile individuals attending.

NaCTSO has researched and produced a guide intended to give protective security advice to those who are responsible for security in places of worship. Whilst the document concentrates on measures to counter terrorism, these will also work against other threats, such as theft, burglary and arson.

We recognise that there is a need to make places of worship as accessible as possible and to ensure there is a welcoming atmosphere within. Unfortunately there have been a number of attacks at places of worship of different faiths across the world.

The guidance aims to achieve a balance where those responsible for security are informed that there are robust protective security measures available to mitigate against the threat of terrorism.

For site specific advice relating to your premises, contact your CTSA or use the non emergency police telephone number 101.

Published 1 January 2009