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Threat Level Increased to Critical – Suggested Options

In the light of recent tragic events in Manchester, the following list of tactical options should be considered to support an increase in the threat level, particularly to ‘Critical’ or following an incident or attack. It is not an exhaustive list and there may be other site specific options which would be relevant to your premises.
A. Lock down procedure
Have the ability to restrict the number of access points to your premises and if necessary to prevent any access or egress to protect staff
For further Information: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/developing-dynamic-lockdown-procedures
B. Increase security presence
Implement temporary changes to shift patterns to increase staff numbers, (consult with staff in advance and agree on how this can be achieved)
Consider reciprocal agreements with neighbouring businesses to strengthen footprint, search areas and consolidate staff
Implement overt and unpredictable patrolling
Consider the use of high visibility clothing to increase impact
Challenge all staff/visitors including those in livered vehicles (Police, utility companies)
For further Information: https://www.cpni.gov.uk/optimising-people-security
C. Staff Vigilance
Direct all staff and visitors to wear identification (if this is not usual practice)
Offer guidleines and encourage staff to challenge those not wearing identification and that they do not recognise
Offer guidelines and ensure staff know how to report suspicious behaviour
Brief staff on response and threat levels
For further Information: https://www.cpni.gov.uk/embedding-security-behaviour-change
D. Partnership working
Work in partnership with surrounding businesses to share information on suspicious behaviour, security posture etc.
Ensure all parts of the system are fully functioning
Check vulnerable areas to ensure adequate coverage
For further Information: https://www.cpni.gov.uk/intruder-detection-tracking-monitoring-and-lighting
F. Parking
Restrict parking close to buildings and vulnerable areas
Check parked vehicles for staff or visitor passes
G. Visitors
Restrict visitors to pre-booked appointments only
Check photographic identification
All Visitors to be escorted at all times
For further Information: https://www.cpni.gov.uk/robust-visitor-entry-processes
H. Implement search regimes
Vehicles, hand baggage, people, goods
Consider unpredictable times and locations if a full screening regime cannot be maintained to maximise impact/effect
For further Information: https://www.cpni.gov.uk/building-and-area-search
I. Consider cancelling or postponing events that may place your staff, customers or suppliers at risk
J. Review non-essential training to maintain resources
K. Deliveries
Restrict deliveries to essential and expected items only
Where possible scan all mail items
Train staff to recognise suspicious items
For further Information: https://www.cpni.gov.uk/screening-mail-and-courier-deliveries-0

Remember robust and vigilant ‘communities’ provide a hostile environment for terrorists/criminals to operate in.

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