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Threats to your business

Helping you stay one step ahead of the threat


When thinking security you should consider:

Physical security

  • Intruder alarms
  • Access control
  • CCTV

Personnel security

  • Recruitment checks
  • Process for leavers
  • Security culture

Information security

  • Keeping visitors away from restricted areas
  • Checking ID of visitors

Cyber attacks

Prevent a cyber attack:

  • Always acquire your IT systems from a reputable manufacturer and supplier.
  • Back up your information regularly, preferably keeping a secure copy in another location
  • Consider encryption packages for material you want to protect, particularly if taken offsite – but seek expert advice first.
  • Take basic security precautions to prevent software or other sensitive information falling into the wrong hands.
  • Keep your anti-virus and anti-malware software up to date.

Emergency plan

Your emergency plan should be appropriate for your premises but will consider:

  • How the evacuation should be carried out (invacuation/evacuation).
  • Contingency plans.
  • Where people should assemble after evacuation (this should be dependent on reason for evacuation).
  • Procedures to check if the premises has been fully evacuated.
  • Nominated person responsible to inform/request emergency services.

Escape routes

Ensure escape routes are:

  • free from obstructions
  • suitable (consider the disabled)
  • regularly checked
  • identified by appropriate internal signage
  • fitted with appropriate emergency lighting.

The escape route should lead to a final exit and a safe place.


The actions of staff if there is an emergency situation are crucial to their safety and that of other people. Your staff should be trained in:

  • Your emergency plan
  • exit routes and the operation of exit devices
  • general matters such as permitted smoking areas or area restrictions for the public
  • assisting disabled people where necessary.

Training should always be given to new staff and existing staff should be repeated as often as necessary to be up to date with any changes.

Unattended item

Is it HOT?

  • Is it deliberately HIDDEN?
  • Is it OBVIOUSLY a device?
  • Is it not TYPICAL of your environment?

If you believe it is suspicious:

  • Confirm your find with colleagues and the emergency services
  • Clear the area as much as you can
  • Cordon the area
  • Control the area to stop people entering the scene
  • Communicate and maintain communication with colleagues and the emergency services

Non-credible threats

The use of threats – such as malicious hoaxes designed to cause fear and disruption – to businesses and places of assembly is becoming more commonplace.

It is important that you are alert to this type of threat, but not alarmed by it, and review your existing procedures and implement proportionate “protect and prepare” security planning.

Upon receiving a threat:

  • Where possible record the threat
  • Assess reliability of information
  • Establish facts
  • React proportionately
  • Report to the police immediately

Firearms and weapon attack

  • Run – to a place of safety taking everyone with you, but stay out of sight.
  • Hide – It’s better to hide than confront someone, silence your phone and turn off vibrate. Try to avoid getting trapped but barricade the door.
  • Tell – Only when it’s safe to do so call 999 telling the emergency services the location, how many attackers, describe the weapons, number of hostages.

More information and advice

For further information please visit:

Or call:

  • Anti-terrorism hotline on 0800 789 321
  • Report non-urgent crime to 101
  • In an emergency dial 999
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