Counter Terrorism Policing are asking you to support their campaign to help keep crowded places safe over the festive period.
Officers are calling on the public and those who work in our busy towns and cities to remain vigilant and report any concerns to staff, security or – in confidence – to the police at gov.uk/ACT. This annual campaign asks everyone to be the extra eyes and ears of the police, so we can work together to tackle terrorism. As you start preparing for the influx of shoppers and party goers into our busy towns and cities, we are sending you a list of steps you can take now to help increase security and keep your staff, customers and visitors safe.
Senior National Coordinator for Protective Security, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi, says:
“We are asking everyone out and about enjoying the season to put security at the top of their festive list.
“The chances of any one person being caught up in a terrorist incident are low. But sadly, as we saw in 2017 and more recently, attacks can be carried out anywhere and anytime.
“The national threat level remains Severe, meaning an attack is highly likely, so we need to remain vigilant.
“Our message is not to worry that you might be wasting our time. If you see something that doesn’t look right – ACT. Report it either to local security or staff – or to police at: gov.uk/ACT – and let us check it out.
“A few minutes of your time could be a precious gift that helps saves lives. Please be a good CT citizen this festive period.”
If you’ve seen or heard something that could potentially be related to terrorism, trust your instincts and report it at: https://act.campaign.gov.uk/
Our Festive Wish List …
1. Remind all your team – especially those who handle mail and deliveries – of our mail handling protocols. These can be found in the Crowded Places Guidance and are particularly important at this time of year with increased volumes. Further mail handling advice can be found here.
2. Please review our Crowded Places Guidance. This gives sector specific advice that will help you mitigate the threat from terrorism and make the UK less vulnerable to an attack.
3. Consider inviting your staff to complete our ACT Awareness e-Learning course. This is now even easier to access – just log on and learn. The more individuals that take part, the better our collective efforts to tackle terrorism.
4. Finally, please can you support our new ACT campaign and ‘Put security at the top of you festive list’.
Winter Campaign 2019 – Toolkit
The annual campaign asks everyone to be the extra eyes and ears of the police and work together to tackle terrorism. Download the communications toolkit below: