Written By: Steve Corrigan, Managing Director, C4 Resilience Ltd.Today’s terrorist threats come in many forms, ranging from well equipped sophisticated attacks (”high – tech”), to those using readily accessible items, such as vehicles and knives (”low – tech”). With the proliferation of ISIS and recent attacks in the UK and Europe, it is clear that businesses in population centers, whether small or large, need to re-evaluate their security measures and take the necessary steps where appropriate. whether operating during day or night, businesses need to think ‘Asymmetric’ (to expect the unexpected).
It isn’t just terrorists that can cause harm, a disaffected employee, an aggrieved customer or an individual with mental health problems could also present an immediate and unannounced threat. It could be that someone has opened a letter containing white powder or has identified a suspect package, bag or vehicle and you need to take immediate action.
There are a number of measures that can be considered as part of any security review. In this blog we are focusing upon a ‘Building Lockdown’, a useful tool in your armoury.
A building lockdown is an emergency security procedure to protect people by reducing or preventing immediate access to or egress from the premises. Lockdowns can be initiated dynamically as a local threat presents itself, or in advance, if information is received in advance of any emerging threat.
There are 3 types of lockdown:
Partial – affecting a room, floor or part of a building
There are a 3 types of lockdown:
- Partial – affecting a room, floor or part of a building
- Progressive – implemented in stages
- Full – total affect to the building
The start point is with a full building assessment of current procedures, equipment, staff and facilities. This will involve a risk assessment to determine the likelihood and impacts upon your business, staff, customers, visitors, reputation and brand. Once the site assessment has been completed, you will in a position to determine what procedures require development or modification, what training staff require and what additional steps will be required to address any shortfalls, e.g. access control systems, CCTV cameras, alarms, etc.
3Ci Global Solutions and C4 Resilience can help you with your security assessments, the development of action plans and building procedures. To find out more visit www.3ciglobalsolutions.co.uk and/or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our consultants will contact you to confidentially discuss your circumstances.