Public and businesses urged to be a part of the collective effort against terrorism.

Counter Terrorism Policing’s Senior National Coordinator for Protect and Prepare, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist, believes the easing of lockdown restrictions could provide a greater opportunity for terrorists to operate and is asking the public and business owners to be vigilant by assessing and updating their security and reporting anything that doesn’t seem right to security staff or the police.

Matt Twist is the senior officer responsible for ensuring the UK is protected against the threat of terrorism, which remains at ‘substantial’, meaning an attack is likely. So with shops open and sport venues welcoming back the crowds, there is a need for the public to keep their eyes open and report any concerns.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist said: “Following a year of restrictions impacting all our lives, we recognise people will be keen to get out and about as the lockdown begins to ease and [with] businesses being able to return to more regular trading patterns. But we must continue to follow public health guidance and remain vigilant, not just against the threat of the virus, but against the threat of terrorism as well.”

He added: “Terrorism will understandably not have been high on anyone’s mind in recent months, and I would describe the threat as temporarily suppressed during lockdown, because it was difficult to go out in public and actually do anything. But that means that as the crowded places, which have traditionally been the target for terrorists, start to fill with people again, there is always the potential for that risk to come back. The best defence against the terrorist threat is a collective community effort – where police, security staff, businesses and the public come together to minimise the chance of attack, and that is why Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP) are launching this campaign.”

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Much of CTP’s campaign activity will be focused on encouraging businesses to play their part in the collective effort by reviewing and updating their security plans and properly risk-assessing existing sites.

At Crown Security Solutions we have been giving FREE site review and risk assessments to determine reasonable, sensible measures for protection. But this year we believe it has never been so important. The priority is to establish the correct level of security required – be it manned guarding, CCTV, mobile patrol, key-holding, or event security. We also provide our clients’ personnel with special training in addition to special equipment (depending on the security assignment) and offer training to those wishing to work in the industry.

But there’s also learning that can be undertaken by the general public. They can do their bit in protecting the UK by completing the official ‘Action Counters Terrorism’ online e-learning for free. Taking just 45 minutes to complete, the online training provides the latest advice from CTP experts, informing how to react in the unlikely event of a terror attack and how to spot and report suspicious activity and behaviour.

Hundreds of thousands of people across the UK have already participated. Visit https://ct.highfieldelearning.com/ to register for access.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist added: “This training could save your life, or the lives of others. Regrettably, we know all too well that a terror attack can happen anywhere and at any time. At Counter Terrorism Policing UK, we work with other national security partners to disrupt those intent on causing harm to our communities, but we need your help to do that effectively. Taking part in our free training and remaining vigilant when you’re out and about this summer helps keep us all safe and creates a hostile place for terrorists to operate.”

Remember, trust your instincts and ACT – Action Counters Terrorism. To report online and learn more about the signs to spot, visit gov.uk/ACT.

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