Many of you will have seen in the media that the UK terrorism threat level has been raised from ‘substantial’ to ‘severe’. Our employees have also been notified by the business via text or email.
Whilst this means that ‘an attack is highly likely’ the Home Secretary has indicated that this is a precautionary measure following recent events in Vienna and Nice. Whilst we can take some comfort that the decision is not currently based on any specific intelligence relating to the UK it is once again a timely reminder to us all to remain vigilant during these uncertain times. Whilst we navigate the challenges resulting from the pandemic we must remain mindful of all of the other challenges that we face.
The National Counter Terrorism Security Office has also provided updated guidance on crowded places https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/crowded-places-guidance. Whilst this is primarily aimed at those with responsibility for managing venues I would encourage you all to read the introductory document on crowded places. As we are all too aware attacks in the UK and across Europe can take place at any time and without warning. Our best defence is vigilance and we all have a role to play so please do continue to report any activity which you believe to be suspicious as soon as you see it. Do not delay in reporting either due to any sense of embarrassment or under the false assumption that someone else will have done so.
Our own security, and the safety of those close to us, is of utmost importance. The more you do to protect yourself, the safer you and your family will be.
Our Business Continuity & Risk Director, and Counter Terrorism Consultant will remain available to support and respond to any questions from customers or colleagues.