Protecting your business from terrorism
There are several steps you can take to protect your employees and business from the threat of terrorism. First, it’s worth asking your staff and any others who use your premises to familiarise themselves with our advice on Staying safe from terrorism.
Second, you can read the government's Crowded places guidance. It tells you, among other things, about managing risk, business continuity, communication and how to deal with bomb threats. Also read advice for security managers during a heightened threat level to improve your business's security procedures.
Finally, you and your staff can complete the ACT Awareness eLearning package and you can also contact your local counter terrorism security adviser to get specialist advice tailored to your business. Find out more and get in touch below.
ACT (Action Counters Terrorism) Awareness is a national scheme to protect buildings, business areas and their surrounding neighbourhoods from the threat of terrorism.
Complete the ACT Awareness eLearning course
You and your staff can take the ACT Awareness eLearning course, which has been designed for all UK businesses and organisations by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office.
The course takes under an hour to complete and modules include:
- Identifying Security Vulnerabilities
- How to Identify and Respond to Suspicious Behaviour
- What to do in the Event of a Bomb Threat
Attend a course
We also hold ACT Awareness courses regularly at Wood Street police station between 9.15am and 12.30pm.
There's no cost to attend.
Tea, coffee and water will be provided and you'll get a personalised certificate of attendance after the event.
There's a high demand for places (there's a limit of five people per organisation for each session), so we'll give priority to those working within the City of London force area.
We do have a small number of spaces available for organisations that have links within the City, but are not based here.
Request an in-house presentation
Alternatively, for businesses in the City of London, one of our counter terrorism security advisers will attend your premises and give a two-hour presentation on ACT Awareness.
There will be time to have a short break, should you wish to provide refreshments.
We need a minimum of 20 delegates before we can give a presentation; the maximum depends on your venue capacity.
There's no cost for this service.
If you need further information, please email our counter terrorism security advisers.
Due to recent high demand we have a waiting list for in-house sessions.
ACT Strategic is a course aimed at people in organisations who know about their organisation's emergency response plans (incident management plan, recovery and business continuity plan) and have the authority to change or review those plans (ie, heads of department, security managers or emergency planners). We'll run the course when we have 20 to 30 delegates from a range of organisations and business sectors.
This event is for City of London businesses only. Please email our counter terrorism security advisers to find out when we'll next be holding an event.
We recommened that you complete the ACT Awareness eLearning course before attending.
Contact a counter terrorism security adviser (CTSA)
As part of ACT Awareness local counter terrorism security advisers (CTSAs) work closely with businesses, representatives of trade organisations and professional bodies across the UK, making sure their protective security measures and plans are kept up to date with the latest counter-terrorism security advice.
CTSAs have comprehensive, specialist training in areas such as:
- explosives and precursor chemicals
- pathogens and toxins
- radiological sources
- site and vulnerable point surveying
- business continuity and disaster recovery
- information and personnel security
- integrated security systems
- designing out vehicle-borne terrorism
- chemical, biological, radioactive or nuclear (CBRN) defence
If you'd like to request advice from your local CTSA or ask about something else to do with protecting your business from terrorism, click 'Start' below to complete our quick and simple online form.