Corps Relay Intelligence Update February 2021

This month’s Corps Relay Intelligence Update includes:

  • Covid-19: third lockdown continued into February
  • UK’s three year (security) vetting transformation programme
  • Fraud epidemic
  • Current national threat level
  • Recent developments
  • Demonstrations
    • Anti-Covid restriction protests – nationwide
    • Extinction Rebellion
  • Corps Focus: lone working

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Corps Relay Intelligence Update January 2021

This month’s Corps Relay Intelligence Update includes:

  • Covid-19: third national lockdown
  • Greater Manchester Police (GMP) placed in special measures
  • Retail facial recognition trial
  • Photography is not a crime
  • Current national threat level
  • Recent developments 
  • Anniversary
    • Charlie Hebdo attacks
  • Demonstrations
    • Anti-Covid restriction protests- nationwide
  • Corps Focus: security issue of the month
    • Brexit

>> Download Corps Relay Intelligence Update January 2021 PDF

Corps Relay Intelligence Update December 2020

This month’s Corps Relay Intelligence Update includes:

Covid-19: Return to tiers

CCTV- do you know your licensing requirements?

Current national threat level

Recent terrorism developments

Demonstrations

  • Save Our Rights UK: Time for Action
  • Extinction Rebellion

Corps focus: security issue of the month

  • Counter terrorism – updated guidance and training materials

 

>> Download Corps Relay Intelligence Update December 2020 PDF

Corps Relay Intelligence Update November 2020

This month’s Corps Relay Intelligence Update includes:

Current National Threat Level

  • United Kingdoms Terror Threat Level Increases

Recent Terrorism Developments

  • Vienna Shooting
  • French Attacks
  • What to do in the event of a Weapon/Terror Attack – Some guidance to share with Staff and Colleagues

COVID-19: Back in Lockdown

  • COVID Fraud
  • Mobile CCTV
  • COVID Response – Changes to Market Demand and Premises Use

Technology and you

  • Mobile Phones and Driving

Rise in Hate Crime

Armistice Day/Remembrance Sunday

Demonstrations

  • The Million Mask March – London 5th November 14:00-1800
  • Justice for Grenfell – London 5th November 11:30-13:00
  • Stand Up to Racism – Manchester 7th November 12:00

Notable Dates

  • Anniversary of the Bataclan/Paris Attacks

Corps Events Calendar

Corps Focus: Security Issue of the Month

  • COVID Response – Changes to Market Demand and Premises Use

 

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Corps Relay Special Bulletin Vienna Terror Attack

Vienna Terror Attack (2nd November 2020) and UK’s Terrorism Threat Level Upgraded to SEVERE

 

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A lone gunman attacked six locations in central Vienna on Monday evening, starting outside the main synagogue. Witnesses described the man firing into crowds in bars with automatic rifles, as many people took advantage of the last evening before a nationwide curfew was introduced because of COVID-19. Police confirmed on Tuesday that four civilians were killed in the attacks – two men and two woman – with 23 others wounded, including a police officer.

Austrian police were initially hunting for several assailants, but subsequently announced that there was only one gunman who was shot dead by police as he fired on passers-by.

Austrian authorities named the gunman as a Kujtim Fejzulai, an “Islamist terrorist” who had been jailed for 22 months in April 2019 for trying to travel to Syria to join IS jihadists. He was released early in December under more lenient terms for young adults, after convincing the authorities that he no longer held extremist Islamist views. Originally from North Macedonia, Fejzulai had both Austrian and Macedonian citizenship. He had posted a photo on a social media, showing himself with weapons, before the attack. Police searched Fejzulai’s home and seized video material. As well as being heavily armed, he was wearing a fake explosive belt.

The gunman opened fire with a shortened Kalashnikov assault rifle, but was also armed with a machete and a pistol. Police sealed off much of the historic centre of Vienna, urging the public to shelter in place. Many sought refuge in bars and hotels, while public transport throughout the old town was shut down and police scoured the city.

Whilst it is unclear if the gunman was intending to target the Jewish community, it is possible that having noted that the synagogue was closed and secure, he decided to rain his terror on anyone in the area. Significantly, previous attacks on synagogues such as the synagogue in Halle, Germany demonstrates that even automatic machine gunfire could not immediately break through robust wooden doors, and this may have been a factor in the incident, given that the Stadttempel synagogue is protected by heavy wooden doors, and may also have appeared to be empty of people at the time of the attack.

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This month’s Corps Relay Intelligence Update includes:

Covid-19: The Second Wave?

  • Track and trace
  • Recession and redundancies
  • Face masks
  • Covid-19 safe useful resources

Technology and You

  • Huawei
  • Google Maps Street View

Brexit Considerations

  • Potential supply chain disruption

Croydon Custody Shooting

  • Sergeant Matiu “Matt” Ratana

Current National Threat Level

Recent terrorism developments

  • The New IRA and Hezbollah
  • Charlie Hebdo/ Je suis Charlie
  • What should we know?

Demonstrations

  • 40th Arabaeen procession UK
  • Covid related protests
  • Extinction Rebellion

Corps Focus: Security Issue of the Month

  • The insider threat

 

>> Download Corps Relay Intelligence Update October 2020 PDF

This Corps Relay Special Bulletin is being published in response to two major incidents that have occurred in Paris and London.

Paris / Charlie Hebdo

An attack took place in Paris this morning resulting in two people receiving non-life threatening injuries whilst the attacker(s) fled the scene. The attack took place outside the former offices of Charlie Hebdo next to a mural that pays tribute to the victims of the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attacks. The attack is being treated as a terror related incident and was reported to have been perpetrated using a bladed weapon described as a machete or meat cleaver. The use of a bladed weapon, as opposed to a firearm, was the method adopted in the unsuccessful 2016 attack taking place on the first anniversary of the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack.

It is reported that the perpetrator(s) fled the scene of the attack, however they later split up. There are reports from the media that one person was detained and arrested a short time after the attacks in the Bastille neighbourhood. A second person is also being held in connection with the attack.

The threat of such an attack was highlighted in the September Edition of Corps Relay (published on 3rd September 2020, see page 4 “Charlie Hebdo / Je suis Charlie”) and is likely linked to the ongoing trial of 14 people accused of assisting the 2 gunmen that perpetrated the 2015 attack. The decision of Charlie Hebdo to republish the 12 controversial comics depicting the Prophet Muhammad may also have been influential. It is likely the location was selected to deliver a message to Charlie Hebdo as the location of their “new” office is a secret.

The incident is also being monitored by UK Counter Terrorist agencies and update notifications are available through the ACT App

Croydon

At 02:15 this morning a long serving Police Sergeant was shot at the Windmill Road Centre in Croydon. The Sergeant, who is yet to be names, is reported to have been questioning a 23 year old man about Covid-19 when he was shot in the chest and later died in hospital. The 23 year old is currently in a life threatening condition after reportedly shooting himself. No police firearms were used in this incident and the suspect

The man is believed to have been detained for possession of ammunition and has since been arrested on suspicion of murder. He was brought to the custody suite in a police vehicle and the shooting took place inside the custody suite. The circumstances of the arrest, which officers were deployed during the operation, if and how the suspect was searches and whether he was placed in handcuffs are some of the areas reported to be under inspection in a multi-faceted underway by the Police Watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

Media reports indicate that the suspect was known to Counter-Terrorism Police, having been on their radar in the past, although there is no confirmation yet as to the perpetrator’s motive.

Weapons Considerations

Whilst the UK incident involved a firearm it should be noted that attacks with firearms still remain rare in the UK. Bladed weapon attack are far more common due to the stringent controls over firearm procurement compared to the low levels of control over the sales of bladed items. Regardless of whether the attacker has a firearm or a different weapon, please be mindful of the following environmental considerations:

RUN HIDE TELL
• Know your escape routes everywhere you go
• Try to maintain a physical gap between yourself and an attacker, the greater the gap the safer you are
• If possible, create a solid gap using walls, doors, furniture, vehicles etc.
• Call for help/raise the alarm as soon as you can but do so in a safe manner

It is important to reiterate the considerations that are important in our respective businesses and organisations to ensure employees/remises are safe in the event of similar incidents in their immediate vicinity:

• Are you satisfied with your existing access control physical measures?
• Have you assessed whether Hostile Vehicle Mitigation measures are required?
• Is entry to your premises or estates adequately controlled?
• Can you deploy security personnel to perimeter areas which enable them to safely look out for vehicles being driven at excessive speed?
• Are reporting mechanism fast enough to enable prompt activation of lockdowns in the event of a suspect IED being found, or a speeding vehicle being detected?
• Who has operational control of Security?
• Are your personnel trained to understand and identify hostile reconnaissance?
• What contingency plans exist to address situations where someone or something worrying or suspicious is discovered?
• Do you have updated evacuation and ‘invacuation’ contingency plans?
• Have you appropriate full and partial lockdown procedures in place?
• Have you made all colleagues aware of the ‘Run, Hide and Tell guidance?
• Are reporting procedures adequate in terms of escalation of concerns, and police support?

Top Tips:

• Restrict both pedestrian and vehicular access to authorised persons and vehicles only
• Maintain a good flow of intelligence and information, including close liaison with local Police and Counter-Terrorism advisors
• Have the right calibre of trained people in place, including well trained Security teams
• Carry out regular tests (including Penetration Tests) and drills of all security and safety systems
• Implement both internal and external security audits
• Ensure that Contingency and Emergency plans are in place and are easily accessible for all relevant personnel
• Always ensure that Security teams are alert to suspicious behaviour

REMEMBER! It is vital that Access Control and anti-tailgating measures are as robust as possible, and that unauthorised persons are not allowed to gain access to your premises!

It is also vital that measures are in place to alert the police via 999 calls (not 101) or panic alarms in real time.

Current National Threat Level

The threat to the UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) from terrorism is SUBSTANTIAL
The threat to Northern Ireland from Northern Ireland-related terrorism is SEVERE

NOTE: Threat levels are designed to give a broad indication of the likelihood of a terrorist attack

• LOW means an attack is highly unlikely
• MODERATE means an attack is possible, but not likely
• SUBSTANTIAL means an attack is likely
• SEVERE means an attack is highly likely
• CRITICAL means an attack is highly likely in the near future

REPORT IT!

You may end up saving a life or lives… and there is nothing more rewarding than that…

The following telephone numbers may be useful:

Corps Security Central Support: 0141 378 7000

Specific advice on Counter-Terrorism matters: 020 7566 0516

Editor: Neil Shanks ASMS BA MSc MSyI

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This month’s Corps Relay Intelligence Update includes:

The impacts of increased easing of Coronavirus restrictions

  • Crime rates
  • Lone working
  • Review of key worker fatalities
  • Extinction Rebellion

Security In The ‘New Normal’

  • Free assessment of your security operations

Current National Threat Level

  • UK
  • Northern Ireland

Recent Terrorism Developments

  • Berlin
  • Charlie Hebdo/Je suis Charlie

Demonstrations

  • Black lives Matter update
  • March for NHS pay justice
  • Extinction Rebellion

Security Issue Of The Month

  • Travel/transport

 

>> Download Corps Relay Intelligence Update September 2020 PDF

Corps Relay Intelligence Update August 2020

This month’s Corps Relay Intelligence Update includes:

Covid-19

  • Premises: changes of use and evolving threat landscape
  • Wearing of face masks/coverings
  • Recommendations for lip readers

Current National Threat Level

  • Counter terrorism

Demonstrations

  • Leeds, insecurity of housing
  • Multiple locations, march for NHS pay justice
  • Tottenham, no justice, no peace
  • London, Black Lives Matter

Security Issue of the Month

  • Online fraud and cybercrime

>> Download Corps Relay Intelligence Update August 2020 PDF

UK venues may be facing legal obligations to provide protection from terrorism

UK venues may be facing legal obligations to provide protection from terrorism

The owners and operators of businesses and public spaces such as concert halls, shopping centres, and parks will be legally bound to protect such venues from terrorism under a new statutory duty proposed by the government.

The so-called “protect duty” reflects proposals put forward by the family of Martyn Hett, who was killed in the Manchester Arena bombing attack in 2017.

Home Office officials are reportedly launching a consultation on legally forcing organisations to increase physical security at venues and train staff to respond to terrorist attacks, as well as putting in place incident response plans – and how failure to comply would be enforced.

Security Minister, James Brokenshire, is quoted as saying that the government’s first priority is keeping the public safe and preventing more families from suffering the heartbreak of losing a loved one. The Minister stated that the devastating attacks in 2017, and more recently at Fishmongers’ Hall and Streatham, are stark reminders of the current threats, and alluded to the importance of venues and public spaces having effective and proportionate protective security and preparedness measures to keep people safe.

The Minister went on to stress that the new law must be proportionate. The public consultation will ensure that the laws that are put in place will help protect the public while not putting undue pressure on businesses.

It is understood the Home Office does not expect small businesses and smaller venues to be subject to the plan, rather it would focus on larger spaces.

The public consultation will launch in spring and will seek views from a range of organisations including businesses, public authorities, the security industry and campaign groups. The Home Office will seek views on the proportionality and scope of the duty, and how it should be enforced.

There are currently no specific proposals on how operators of venues and businesses would be penalised if they failed to comply.

HMG’s terror alert status for the UK is detailed below:

Everyone should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and violent political activists and report any suspicious activity to the Police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline on: 0800 789 321

REPORT IT!

You may end up saving a life or lives… and there is nothing more rewarding than that…

The following telephone numbers may be useful:

Corps Security Central Support: 0141 378 7000
Specific advice on Counter-Terrorism matters: 020 7566 0516

Editor: Mike Bluestone MA CSyP FSyI