Moped Crime – An Update

Dear Readers,

Many readers of Corps Relay will no doubt share our own concerns regarding the seemingly worsening trend of serious crimes being committed by young riders of Mopeds, who are often accompanied by pillion passengers. In the past week alone, there have been several serious Moped attacks in the London area, including an armed robbery against a watch shop in Fleet Street, and a Moped gang mugging incident a few days ago in the Liverpool Street area.

So what can be done to deter such attacks? And what can be done to mitigate the impact of such attacks when they take place?

These questions have perplexed the Police service too, and in recent weeks the Met Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick, outlined a number of steps that the Met will be taking. Commissioner Dick has said that the theft of mopeds and their use in snatching mobile phones or spraying acid on victims has helped to fuel what she described as “a trend, not a spike” in violent crime.

Moped thefts have increased dramatically in the past two years: in October, 2015, thieves stole 1,009 mopeds in the capital. In April this year they stole 1,598, a rise of 60%.

Significantly, some suspects have practised their crime, of riding up to victims and snatching their phones. iPhones are a popular target and, if stolen while in use and unlocked, can be wiped, reprogrammed and sold on the black market for £200.

Such attacks have mostly been carried out by two people on one bike, with the pillion passenger snatching the phone.

The latest steps by the Met to address the trends include the following:

  • The Police will continue to pursue escaping Moped thieves, even if they take off their helmets. People think if they take off their helmets the police will cease pursuits but that is not the case
  • The Met has doubled the number of pursuits and that will continue, particularly with the introduction of new bikesOfficers have been issued with new, faster and lighter motorbikes on which to pursue suspects. Crucially, the new bikes have no bulky panniers which have, in the past, stopped pursuits along very narrow streets
  • Police have been issued with remote-controlled “pro-spikes” which shoot out rows of metal spikes to puncture suspects’ tyres, like the “stingers” used to stop cars
  • A new tagging spray, with a unique DNA code, is being used on suspects and their Mopeds so they can be linked forensically to their crimes

The Met is also stating that in the past three months their new tactics have reduced moped thefts by 25% and Moped-enabled crime by 24%.

For our readers the trend may seem to be increasing, rather than decreasing, so what can we all be doing to deter, and mitigate the effects of such attacks?

Steps we can all take include the following:

  • Ensure that all of your staff/colleagues are made aware of the threat from Moped crime and gangs
  • Make vigilance, and awareness of the threat a top business priority (mobile phones and all portable devices are at risk)
  • Remember! Moped gangs/individuals are often armed, sometimes with firearms, or knives/machetes, or acid!
  • Keep plenty of cool water available at Reception points so that any victims of acid attacks can be treated by trained first-aiders
  • Advise staff and colleagues not to use mobile phones when walking along streets
  • Ask all of your colleagues to be ‘spotters’ for unusual activity by Moped riders – look out for riders dressed in all black clothing and wearing helmets when dismounting from their machines
  • Be aware of any pre-attack hostile reconnaissance! Moped gangs will frequently conduct such reconnaissance to:
    • learn about their targets
    • identify opening and closing hours
    • discover if security teams are deployed
    • identify whether CCTV is operating
    • establish whether Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (e.g. blockers; bollards) is in place
  • Have you installed Panic Alarm Buttons? If so, when did you last test them?
  • Do you have lock down procedures?
  • Report all suspicious activity, especially by youths who may loitering around your premises

Additional ‘Top Tips’:

  • Restrict both pedestrian and vehicular access to your premises to authorised persons and vehicles only
  • Maintain a good flow of intelligence and information, including close liaison with local Police
  • 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 and activity in or around your subject premises or environment!
  • 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!

 

 

The current threat level from international terrorism for the UK was decreased on 27th May 2017 and is now assessed as SEVERE

 

The threat level for Irish related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain

In Northern Ireland it is SEVERE and in Great Britain it is SUBSTANTIAL

NOTE:

  • CRITICAL means that a terrorist attack is imminent
  • SEVERE means that a terrorist attack is highly likely
  • SUBSTANTIAL that an attack is a strong possibility
  • MODERATE that an attack is possible but unlikely

 

Everyone should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism 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 847 2044
  • Specific advice on Counter-Terrorism matters 07773 320234

Editor: Mike Bluestone

Associate Editor: Emma Brooksbank

Manhattan Truck

Manhattan Attack

Dear Readers,

Following on from last evening’s Terrorist incident in Manhattan, please note the following:

SUMMARY OF THE INCIDENT

  • Eight people were killed and 11 persons inured on Tuesday afternoon after a truck was driven into a cycleway in lower Manhattan. The location is very close to the site of the 9/11 memorial
  • The assailant was shot in the stomach by police after he exited the truck. Officials later said a pellet gun and paintball gun had been found and some reports state that the assailant shouted ‘Allahu Akbar!’
  • The assailant who is allegedly, of Uzbeki descent, is apparently resident in the USA legally
  • Other, as yet unconfirmed reports, suggested a note or notes had also been found in or near the truck, but these could not be verified
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the incident was being treated as an act of terror

THE IMPLICATIONS FOR US ALL

This attack reinforces the need to maintain the highest level of vigilance and awareness regarding vehicle ram attacks, and indeed all other forms of terror tactics. These can include: Hot and cold weapons; MFTA (‘Swarm’) attacks; Suicide Bombings; IED and VBIEDs; Acid attacks; and of course Vehicle ram attacks

As a consequence of the above we pose some questions below which we hope will assist you to take practical steps to mitigate the threats from terrorism, including the deployment of IEDs, and vehicle ramming attacks:

  • 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?
  • 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 and activity in or around your subject premises or environment!
  • 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!

 

 

The current threat level from international terrorism for the UK was decreased on 27th May 2017 and is now assessed as SEVERE

 

The threat level for Irish related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain

In Northern Ireland it is SEVERE and in Great Britain it is SUBSTANTIAL

NOTE:

  • CRITICAL means that a terrorist attack is imminent
  • SEVERE means that a terrorist attack is highly likely
  • SUBSTANTIAL that an attack is a strong possibility
  • MODERATE that an attack is possible but unlikely

 

Everyone should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism 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 847 2044
  • Specific advice on Counter-Terrorism matters 07773 320234

Editor: Mike Bluestone

Associate Editor: Emma Brooksbank

Barcelona Attacks

Hello and Welcome to this latest edition of Corps Relay…

…the newsletter designed to help you protect your people and property whilst giving important updates from the world of security.

In this issue we start with the Barcelona Attacks, giving the information we know, as well as some top tips on how to help prevent such attacks.

We then discuss the recent rise in acid attacks before detailing how the “Three Musketeers” have been found guilty of planning a terrorist attack on British soil.

Finally, we give an update on further developments around armed policing in the UK.

Deadly Terrorist Vehicle Ramming Attack in Barcelona

What we know so far:

A white van was intentionally rammed/crashed into a packed summer crowd this evening (Thursday 17 August) in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas district. Barcelona police called it a terror attack. Reports thus far indicate at least 12 people killed and 80 injured.

Islamic State (Daesh) claimed responsibility for the attack, however the terror group frequently declares that it is behind terrorist incidents, although their claims should always be treated with caution.

The driver was arrested some two and a half hours after the attack, and a second suspect was also subsequently arrested. Police shot dead a third man who drove at officers at a checkpoint. It is unclear whether he was connected to the Las Ramblas attack. Las Ramblas, is a busy tree-lined promenade in the centre of the city, and is very popular with tourists.

One of the arrested men was named by police as Driss Oukabir, a Moroccan national who resides in Spain. He is suspected of renting the van.

What can we do to help prevent or mitigate such attacks?

Maintaining vigilance is key! Of course, vigilance is not the exclusive domain of security personnel, and readers and customers are reminded to encourage all staff and contractors at their premises to be alert, and vigilant to any suspicious behaviour, or activity.

 

Please ask yourselves the following questions relating to the security of your own premises:

  • Are you applying the ‘onion skin’ principle of layered security, and defensive space? Can you extend outwards the first checking points for visitors?
  • Is it feasible for you to arrange for visitors, whether pedestrians or in vehicles to be checked initially at outer gates, rather than allow entry to internal Reception areas?
  • Have you assessed whether Hostile Vehicle Mitigation measures are required?
  • If you have HVM assets installed at your premises/site, are you actually using them on a regular basis?
  • Can you deploy security personnel to perimeter areas which enable them to safely look out for vehicles being driven at excessive speed?
  • Are reporting mechanisms fast enough to enable prompt activation of lockdowns in the event of a shooter getting on to your premises, or a speeding vehicle being detected?
  • Who has operational control?
  • 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?
  • 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
  • Use and operate your HVM assets on a regular basis
  • 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 and activity in or around your subject premises or environment!

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!

REMEMBER!

That it is vital that everyone looks out for hostile reconnaissance, and that any suspicious activity is reported in real-time!

 

Second Terror Attack close to Barcelona, in Cambrils!

Earlier today we learned that Spanish police have killed five suspected terrorists in the town of Cambrils in order to prevent another vehicle attack, following the earlier attack yesterday in Barcelona.

Spanish police report that the men, were wearing explosive belts, and were linked to the first attack. Significantly, the Spanish authorities are now also linking the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils with an explosion at a house on Wednesday evening in the town of Alcanar that left one person dead. It is being reported that residents at the Alcanar house had been “preparing an explosive device.

In Cambrils itself, seven people, including a police officer, were wounded when a car was driven into them early on Friday. One person is in a critical condition.

It is also being reported that the attackers’ vehicle overturned, and when the men got out they were quickly neutralised by police.

Here at Corps Relay, we consider that given that there have been two attacks so close together involving a sizeable number of people, indicates that there is a well organised Jihadist group (or groups) operating in Catalonia at this time. It is not yet known whether this group is taking its orders direct from Daesh (Islamic State leadership), but as stated earlier in this issue, Daesh will be quick to claim responsibility for these attacks to bolster their ‘reputation’ following continuing losses on the main battlefields of Syria, and Iraq.

 

Acid Attacks on the Increase

There has been a worrying spate of acid attacks in London in recent weeks. Whether they are gang related, theft related or just random attacks, it has become clear to see that acid (of different types, including household cleaning fluids) has become a popular weapon for criminals.

Corps Security has distributed guidance information that was published by SP Services on how to treat a victim of an acid attack. A summary is below, but if you would like the full content then please contact the Corps Relay team.

The main aim of any burn treatment is to stop the burning process as quickly as possible

  • Remove all contaminated clothing and jewellery near the affected area
  • Cool the burn with copious amounts of cool running water for at least 20 minutes, as soon as possible after the initial contact
  • Keep the victim warm, but don’t put blankets/fresh clothes over the inflicted area
  • Cover the burn with cling film
  • Keep the patient upright, especially if face or eyes are burnt
  • Minor burns can be treated with paracetamol or ibuprofen
  • The patient should go to hospital if showing signs of shock, it has burnt through the first layer of skin or if the burn affects any of the following areas: eyes, hands, feet, face, groin or buttocks, or a major joint such as the knee or elbow

 

Don’t forget: ‘Cool, Call and Cover’

Cool the burn.

Call for help.

Cover with cling film or a sterile non-fluffy dressing.

For information regarding this or for PPE for acid attacks, SP Services can be contacted on the below number:

01952 288 999

 

‘Three Musketeers’ Jailed

Three men, nicknamed “The Three Musketeers”, and an aide have been found guilty of planning a terrorist attack involving a pipe bomb and a meat cleaver targeting the military or the police.

Naweed Ali, Mohibur Rahman, Khobaib Hussain – The ‘Three Musketeers’ – and Tahir Aziz were found guilty at the end of a 20 week trial. They were originally arrested on 26th August 2016 after a sting operation uncovered a bag of weapons including a pipe bomb, an air pistol and a meat cleaver with the word kafir (unbeliever) scratched onto it. Counter-terrorism officials believe it is one of the most significant terror plots they’ve thwarted in the previous year.

The ‘Three Musketeers’ have been jailed for a minimum of 20 years apiece, whereas Aziz was ordered to serve a minimum of 15. Three of the four have previous terrorism convictions.

 

Armed Police Officers to be issued with new Head Mounted Cameras

The Met Police have announced that Head-mounted cameras are due to be issues to police officers who carry an “overt” firearm in an effort to provide “greater transparency” in police shootings.

The rollout, part of one of the largest rollouts of body worn cameras by police in the world, will see cameras fitted to baseball caps and ballistic helmets of officers patrolling the streets of London. Body worn cameras are not new to the Met Police. They were trialled after Mark Duggan was shot be armed officers in August 2011, but were branded as “unfit-for-purpose” in 2015 due to the positioning of them on the officer. Once a firearm was raised by the officer the image was blocked and thus the cameras were found to be not all that useful.Met Police Commander Matt Twist, has said that armed officers “very much welcome” the cameras. He is also recorded as saying “The cameras also offer greater transparency for those in front of the camera as well as those behind it”.

Body-mounted cameras have already been issued to officers in 30 London Boroughs, as well as officers from transport units, territorial support group and the dog unit.

Future issues of Corps Relay will continue to provide updates on policing and security here in the UK.  In the meantime the international terror threat level in the UK remains at severe, meaning an attack is “highly likely”.

 

The current threat level from international terrorism for the UK was decreased on 27th May 2017 and is now assessed as SEVERE

 

The threat level for Irish related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain

In Northern Ireland it is SEVERE and in Great Britain it is SUBSTANTIAL

NOTE:

  • CRITICAL means that a terrorist attack is imminent
  • SEVERE means that a terrorist attack is highly likely
  • SUBSTANTIAL that an attack is a strong possibility
  • MODERATE that an attack is possible but unlikely

 

Everyone should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism 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…

For further information, or for back copies of Corps Relay, feel free to contact our team direct on 020 7566 0516 or via

e-mail at mbluestone@corpssecurity.co.uk or ebrooksbank@corpssecurity.co.uk

 

Editor: Mike Bluestone

Associate Editor: Emma Brooksbank

Paris Ramming Attack

A Terrorist Incident

Summary of incident

A car has struck a group of soldiers in a Paris suburb earlier today, injuring six, two seriously, according to French Police and Security sources.

French police report that a man has been shot and arrested after they intercepted the car on a motorway north of the capital. The soldiers were injured outside a barracks in the north-western suburb of Levallois-Perret on Wednesday morning (9 August 2017).

The Paris prosecutor said the attack was “attempted killings… in relation to a terrorist undertaking”. Readers will recall that France has been under a state of emergency since November 2015.

Implications for readers

This attack reinforces our concerns that vehicle ramming is likely to be a favoured tactic of terrorists for the foreseeable future. Consequently, for customer sites where Hostile Vehicle Mitigation is in place, it should be used accordingly. Security teams should maintain vigilance and continue to pay attention to vehicles being driven:

  • Erratically
  • At unusually high speeds in built up areas

All such incidents should be escalated appropriately.

For readers operating sites of an iconic status or a high-risk rating, reassessing the physical barriers and perimeter protection is essential.

Following on from this, we at Corps Relay would like to reinforce the importance of the ‘Onion Skin Principle’. In applying our ‘Eight Principles of Security’, which readers will be aware of, we also recommend building into resilience programmes the tried and tested ‘Onion Skin Principle’ of applying a robust ‘layered’ approach to security. This will (when applied properly) ensure that there is ‘defence in depth’ to deter, hamper, and slow down the efforts of even the most determined adversary, and thereby provide time for effective alerts to be raised, and for Security Officers and/or Police to be alerted, and respond accordingly.

The current threat level from international terrorism for the UK was decreased on 27 May 2017 and is now assessed as SEVERE

 

The threat level for Irish related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain

 

In Northern Ireland it is SEVERE and in Great Britain it is SUBSTANTIAL

NOTE:

  • CRITICAL means that a terrorist attack is imminent
  • SEVERE means that a terrorist attack is highly likely
  • SUBSTANTIAL that an attack is a strong possibility
  • MODERATE that an attack is possible but unlikely

 

Everyone should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism 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…

For further information, or for back copies of Corps Relay, feel free to contact our team direct on 020 7566 0516 or via

e-mail at mbluestone@corpssecurity.co.uk or ebrooksbank@corpssecurity.co.uk

 

Editor: Mike Bluestone

Associate Editor: Emma Brooksbank

Terror Attack in Finsbury Park

Terror Attack in Finsbury Park

Last night London suffered yet another terror attack which took place in close to the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park.

Media reports thus far indicate the following:

  • One man died and ten people were injured when a man drove a hired van into worshippers outside the Muslim Welfare House.
  • Eight people were taken to hospital after the attack outside the mosque, which is also a community centre.
  • A 48 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
  • This is the fourth terror attack in the UK in four months, after incidents in Westminster, Manchester and on London Bridge.
  • Police said all victims of the attack, which was in the area of Finsbury Park Mosque, were Muslim.
  • Many are believed to have just left evening prayers at the Muslim Welfare House after breaking the Ramadan fast.
  • The perpetrator was “not known” to the security services.

This is not the first time that Muslims – and specifically visible Muslim targets, namely mosques – have been targeted in acts of terrorism in the UK. The threat from extreme right-wing groups has been growing in recent years. In fact 16% of all terror arrests in the year to March were classed as “domestic” extremism. Many readers may not be aware that MI5 and Counter-Terror police invest a significant amount of resources in monitoring and arresting extreme right wing activists.

In short, whilst we have experienced a number of terror acts perpetrated by Islam extremists, the risk of future attacks by extreme right wing terrorists cannot be ruled out

A more detailed bulletin on the attacks of extreme right wing groups will follow on.

Readers involved in Muslim communities or in any other faith group who may require advice on security are welcome to contact Corps Relay at the relevant email address below.

Future issues of Corps Relay will continue to provide updates on policing and security here in the UK.  In the meantime the international terror threat level in the UK remains at severe, meaning an attack is “highly likely”.

The current threat level from international terrorism for the UK was decreased on 27 May 2017 and is now assessed as SEVERE

 

The threat level for Irish related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain

 

In Northern Ireland it is SEVERE and in Great Britain it is SUBSTANTIAL

NOTE:

  • CRITICAL means that a terrorist attack is imminent
  • SEVERE means that a terrorist attack is highly likely
  • SUBSTANTIAL that an attack is a strong possibility
  • MODERATE that an attack is possible but unlikely

 

Everyone should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism 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…

For further information, or for back copies of Corps Relay, feel free to contact our team direct on 020 7566 0516 or via

e-mail at mbluestone@corpssecurity.co.uk or ebrooksbank@corpssecurity.co.uk

Editor: Mike Bluestone

Associate Editor: Emma Brooksbank

Special Terror Alert Bulletin

Special Terror Alert Bulletin

Barbaric Terror Attack in London Bridge Area – Seven Killed and Many Injured:

Seven people have been killed in what is rightly being described as a barbaric terror attack in the London Bridge area.

A van intentionally rammed into pedestrians on London Bridge at just before 10.00pm on Saturday 3 June. Three men then got out of the van and commenced a vicious stabbing spree, targeting people in nearby Borough Market. The attackers were shot dead by eight police officers who fired 50 bullets. Sadly, a member of the public was accidentally shot, and that person remains in hospital in a non-critical condition.

Some 48 members of the public were taken to five hospitals, including Guys and St. Thomas’s. Four police officers were injured, including a BTP officer, and an off duty Met officer who were both seriously injured whilst tackling the terrorists. Following the incident 12 people have been arrested during police raids in Barking, east London.

The Prime Minister has announced that the general election will go ahead on 8 June, although all major political parties suspended national campaigning, except UKIP. A Police casualty bureau has been set up for which the telephone numbers are as follows:

00 096 1233 and 020 7158 0197

Can we expect more attacks?

Here at Corps Relay, we expressed concern in our previous issue (No26) of the possibility of ‘copycat’ attacks by Islamic extremists who would have been perversely ‘inspired’ by the Manchester Arena suicide bombing on 22 May, as a result of which twenty-three adults and children, including the bomber, were killed and 119 were injured, 23 of them critically.

We also wonder whether the lowering of the Terror Threat level to Severe from Critical may have been premature, given that as a result of that change the Military armed presence was withdrawn from the streets…

Equally, there is no evidence to suggest that Islamic extremists have lost their desire to perpetrate further outrages, and so our message to all readers is to maintainheightened vigilance, especially on those sites and premises with high footfall, and which attract large numbers of members of the public.

Vigilance is not of course the exclusive domain of security personnel, and readers and customers are reminded to encourage all staff and contractors at their premises to be alert, and vigilant to any suspicious behaviour, or activity.

Please ask yourselves the following questions relating to the security of your own premises:

  • Are you applying the ‘onion skin’ principle of layered security, and defensive space? Can you extend outwards the first checking points for visitors?
  • Is it feasible for you to arrange for visitors, whether pedestrians or in vehicles to be checked initially at outer gates, rather than allow entry to internal Reception areas?
  • Have you assessed whether Hostile Vehicle Mitigation measures are required?
  • Can you deploy security personnel to perimeter areas which enable them to safely look out for vehicles being driven at excessive speed?
  • Are reporting mechanisms fast enough to enable prompt activation of lockdowns in the event of a shooter getting on to your premises, or a speeding vehicle being detected?
  • Who has operational control?
  • 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?
  • 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 and activity in or around your subject premises or environment!

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!

REMEMBER!

That it is vital that everyone looks out for hostile reconnaissance, and that any suspicious activity is reported in real-time!

 

The current threat level from global terrorism is set at:

 

SEVERE meaning that a terrorist attack is still highly likely!

 

The threat level for Irish related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain:

In Northern Ireland it is:

 

SEVERE and in Great Britain SUBSTANTIAL

NOTE:

  • CRITICAL means that a terrorist attack is imminent
  • SEVERE means that a terrorist attack is highly likely
  • SUBSTANTIAL that an attack is a strong possibility
  • MODERATE that an attack is possible but unlikely

Everyone should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism 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 847 2044

Specific advice on Counter-Terrorism matters:

0207 566 0516

 

Editor: Mike Bluestone

Associate Editor: Emma Brooksbank

Terror Threat Level now back down a notch to "Severe"

Terror Threat Level now back down a notch to “Severe”

SPECIAL BULLETIN (No 24)

Terror Threat Level now back down a notch to:

‘SEVERE’

Is it time to relax?

The UK terrorism threat level has been reduced from ‘Critical’ to ‘Severe’. The announcement was made last Saturday 27 May, by the Prime Minister. The announcement followed a meeting of the government’s emergency committee Cobra last Saturday morning.

The change indicates an attack is highly likely, although not imminently expected.

The Military personnel deployed last week to support the civilian police will be stood down on Monday 29 May, at the close of the bank holiday weekend.

It is now apparent that the Security Services (including MI5 and other agencies) and the police have made very significant progress in shutting down the operational terror cell in which Salman Abedi and members of his Libyan family were active, hence the threat level being downgraded so promptly. It had been upgraded to ‘Critical’ in the aftermath of the suicide bombing carried out by Abedi at the Manchester Arena.  The threat level had of course, been set at ‘Critical’ in the aftermath of that horrific bombing, which mercilessly, targeted young people and children.

There are some questions to pose:

  • So what now?
  • Does the threat level downgrade mean we can all relax?
  • If we can’t still relax, then what should we all be doing, that we haven’t already been doing?

What now?

Let’s firstly not forget that the Security Services have told us that the threat from Islamic extremists will likely be hanging over us for the next couple of decades. MI5 estimates that there are some 3,000 active terrorist minded operatives out there, in the UK alone.

My concern is that other extremists could ‘jump on the back’ of the Manchester attack, and be ‘inspired’ to conduct their own attacks. ‘Copy-cat’ attacks do occur. It is hard, indeed impossible, for decent minded people of goodwill, to get their heads around the fact that Islamic extremists have defined the carnage of the Manchester bombing as a success!!  Let us also not forget that it was Libyan terrorists who brought down Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie in December 1988…

So can we relax, perhaps even just a bit…?

The short answer is, no.

One particular terror cell/group (with a Libyan connection) may be no more, but there are others ready to make their move. MI5 and the police, to their enormous credit, have thwarted many other terrorist plots. The officers of those organisations are working tirelessly to protect us all, but the sad reality is that every now and again, a single group of terrorists will slip through the net. There are just not enough Security Service and police personnel to have all suspects under physical surveillance 24×7…

So, what should we all be doing, that we haven’t already been doing?

The need for heightened vigilance should remain in place.

Vigilance is not of course the exclusive domain of security personnel, and readers and customers are reminded to encourage all staff and contractors at their premises to be alert, and vigilant to any suspicious behaviour, or activity.

Please ask yourselves the following questions relating to the security of your own premises:

  • Applying the ‘onion skin’ principle of layered security, and defensive space, can you extend outwards the first checking points for visitors?
  • Is it feasible for you to arrange for visitors, whether pedestrians or in vehicles to be checked initially at outer gates, rather than allow entry to internal Reception areas?
  • Have you assessed whether Hostile Vehicle Mitigation measures are required?
  • Can you deploy security personnel to perimeter areas which enable them to safely look out for vehicles being driven at excessive speed?
  • Are reporting mechanisms fast enough to enable prompt activation of lockdowns in the event of a shooter getting on to your premises, or a speeding vehicle being detected?
  • Who has operational control?
  • 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?
  • 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 and activity in or around your subject premises or environment!

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!

The current threat level from global terrorism has now been set at: SEVERE meaning that a terrorist attack is still highly likely!

 

The threat level for Irish related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain

In Northern Ireland it is: SEVERE and in Great Britain SUBSTANTIAL

NOTE:

  • CRITICAL means that a terrorist attack is imminent
  • SEVERE means that a terrorist attack is highly likely
  • SUBSTANTIAL that an attack is a strong possibility
  • MODERATE that an attack is possible but unlikely

Everyone should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism 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 847 2044

Specific advice on Counter-Terrorism matters:

0207 566 0516

Editor: Mike Bluestone

Associate Editor: Emma Brooksbank

Special Terror Update Bulletin

Dear Readers,

Since issuing our previous Corps Relay (Number 24), the Prime Minister has announced that Britain’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) last night raised the terror threat level to ‘critical’, its highest level.

This significant step has been made less than 24 hours after the bomb attack at a teen concert in Manchester, which tragically left 22 dead and 64 injured.

The Prime Minister has also confirmed the identity of the Manchester suicide bomber as 22-year-old Salman Abedi (a Mancunian of Libyan descent), who it is suspected by the Security Service, did not act alone. This leaves open the possibility of an active Islamist terror cell on the loose.

The threat level has only been raised to ‘critical’ twice since the system was introduced on August 1, 2006. Troops are to be deployed onto Britain’s streets amid fears a further terror attack ‘may be imminent’.

Deployed troops will come under the command of civilian police forces throughout the UK, and it is likely that they will be deployed on static and patrolling security duties, as has been seen over the past 2-3 years in France.  The deployment of military personnel will then free up warranted police officers to focus on their counter-terrorism and law enforcement duties.  Additionally, certain military units will provide direct support, and back-up to armed police response teams.

Given the raising of the threat level, readers are advised to conduct a re-assessment of current security measures at their premises and facilities.  Special emphasis should be placed upon perimeter security and access control.  Readers are advised to consider adopting the ‘onion skin principle’ to the physical security of premises, so that (just like the layers of an onion) there are several layers of security measures in place to help prevent, and mitigate the impact of attacks.

Where appropriate, consideration should be given to deploying additional security officers so that the deterrent effect at premises is enhanced, and more trained eyes and ears are on the ground able to spot potential hostile reconnaissance, and/or suspicious behaviour.

Again, in appropriate circumstances, consideration should be given to the deployment of trained ‘sniffer dog’ teams, such measures being especially relevant, for example, to places of entertainment, museums and shopping centres, and facilities which attract large number of members of the public, and where footfall is generally high.

Corps Security and our consulting department, Corps Consult, can assist readers who have specific requests for further support or guidance.

The current threat level from international terrorism for the UK was raised on 23 May 2017 and is now assessed as CRITICAL

 

The threat level for Irish related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain

 

In Northern Ireland it is SEVERE and in Great Britain it is SUBSTANTIAL

NOTE:

  • CRITICAL means that a terrorist attack is imminent
  • SEVERE means that a terrorist attack is highly likely
  • SUBSTANTIAL that an attack is a strong possibility
  • MODERATE that an attack is possible but unlikely

 Everyone should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism 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…

For further information, or for back copies of Corps Relay, feel free to contact our team direct on 020 7566 0516 or via

e-mail at mbluestone@corpssecurity.co.uk or ebrooksbank@corpssecurity.co.uk

 

Editor: Mike Bluestone

Associate Editor: Emma Brooksbank

Special Terror Alert Bulletin

Special Terror Alert Bulletin

Appalling terror attack at Manchester Arena – Many dead and injured…

The vigilance and awareness of all our site based, and other uniformed colleagues, is now being raised yet again, in the face of yet another example of brutal terrorism. Corps Security’s teams will be busy today providing reassurance to customers, and in particular to those who operate places of entertainment, and where there is high footfall, and a regular presence of members of the public.

Colleagues in our Events teams will be ensuring that all appropriate emergency and contingency plans for events are checked and understood.

The attack in Manchester targeted young people, including children.

Here at Corps Consult, we are liaising with Police and contacts at CPNI to get their take on this most serious terror attack, the worst in the UK since 7/7 2005.

What we know at this stage…

Greater Manchester Police say 22 are confirmed dead in suspected terror attack

  1. 59 people were injured in the blast at Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert
  2. Sixty ambulances attended the scene
  3. Police have set up an emergency number for those concerned about friends and relatives: 0161 8569400
  4. There will be no trains to or from Manchester Victoria station on Tuesday
  5. The Conservatives have suspended their general election campaigning
  6. Calls have been made for blood donors to step forward

 

The Prime Minister will be chairing a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee later today.

One eye witness told the BBC that he was “metres away from an explosion” while waiting to pick up his daughter from the concert. He said his wife suffered a “stomach wound” and “possible broken leg”. He added: “Someone came through the doors then bang.” This report supports the confirmation that this attack was in fact a suicide bombing, , this means that access control and front of house security, at all sites, must be checked, and where necessary enhanced.

Further bulletins will follow as and when more solid information is to hand.

In the meantime, our customers and colleagues are urged to maintain extreme vigilance in the face of ruthless adversaries…

In the meantime the international terror threat level in the UK remains at severe, meaning an attack is “highly likely”.

 

The current threat level from international terrorism for the UK was raised on 29 August 2014 and is now assessed as SEVERE

 

The threat level for Irish related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain

 

In Northern Ireland it is SEVERE and in Great Britain it is SUBSTANTIAL

NOTE:

  • CRITICAL means that a terrorist attack is imminent
  • SEVERE means that a terrorist attack is highly likely
  • SUBSTANTIAL that an attack is a strong possibility
  • MODERATE that an attack is possible but unlikely

 

 

Everyone should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism 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…

For further information, or for back copies of Corps Relay, feel free to contact our team direct on 020 7566 0516 or via

e-mail at mbluestone@corpssecurity.co.uk or ebrooksbank@corpssecurity.co.uk

 

Editor: Mike Bluestone

Associate Editor: Emma Brooksbank

Global Cyber Attack Special Bulletin

Global Cyber-Attack Special Bulletin

Hello and welcome to this special issue of Corps Relay, aimed at providing you with the important information you need to know to protect you and your business.

We at Corps Relay are aware that many of our readers will be concerned about the cyber-attack that hit the NHS and many other companies globally last Friday. So, what actually happened?

  • The malware – WannaCry – seems to have spread via a computer virus known as a worm. This means it can move around a network by itself instead of relying on humans to spread it by clicking on attachments
  • The malware was asking for a random of $300 (£230) to decrypt the files on the machine
  • There were believed to be more than 200,000 victims in 150 different countries
  • Organisations that were hit range from the Russian Interior Ministry to Fedex to Renault
  • 48 NHS health trusts were hit causing hospitals, GP surgeries and trusts to resort to paper and pen, as well as meaning that ambulances had to be diverted to other hospitals. Routine appointments and operations had also been cancelled
  • Security blogger, known as MalwareTech, accidentally halted the spread of the malware by finding what appeared to be a “kill switch” in the software’s code. However this doesn’t repair computers that were already infected

City of London Police has issued a protection alert in the wake of this attack. You can find it HERE

From our own experience, we understand how it is essential for there to be an air gap between your operational server and your back up server. If anyone has any specific concerns and wish to consult with cyber security specialists we are happy to refer you to our trusted cyber security partner, QCC Global. They can be contacted via their London office as follows

Tel: 0207 205 2100

Website: www.qccglobal.com