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The UK’s international terrorism threat level has been at SEVERE since August 2014, and will remain so for the foreseeable future – with Theresa May recently confirming as much in wake of the March 22 attack on Westminster.

There are five threat levels.

LOW means an attack is unlikely

MODERATE means an attack is possible, but not likely

SUBSTANTIAL means an attack is a strong possibility

SEVERE means an attack is highly likely

CRITICAL means an attack is expected imminently

The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC), which analyses intelligence relating to international terrorism, is responsible for setting the threat level. Deciding what the threat level should be is a complex process, which takes into account the possibility of everything from individuals carrying out crude attacks to sophisticated groups plotting ambitious and coordinated acts of violence.

It’s important that companies offering manned security services are aware of the current threat level and how it impacts their role –  especially if they are tasked with protecting crowded areas, working in the night time economy or securing iconic buildings and monuments.

The Government suggests that manned security guards should:

• Wear high-visibility clothing and implement an unpredictable security patrol strategy

• Report any suspicious activity in a timely manner

• Create communication links with surrounding premises to make passing information relating to suspicious activity/behaviour easy

• Close non-essential access and exit points

• Focus CCTV on all communal areas and access points

• Ensure CCTV is fit for purpose

• Keep first aid points fully stocked and make all employees aware of their location

Manned security officers are often a business or organisation’s first line of defence against terrorist threats. With the threat level at SEVERE, it’s important that the staff responsible for your property follow these measures and are properly trained to deal with common terrorist tactics.

Churchill Security is a manned security company. All of our staff are comprehensively trained and SIA-licensed. We are able to provide first-aid, health and safety and anti-terror trained security staff.

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John Melling is a Director for Churchill Security Ltd. John is a highly motivated, determined and decisive security industry professional. Drawing on his extensive experience gained within the security industry whilst working on the coalface John has operated at all levels within the industry. He has a proven track record for motivating and leading high performance teams and has helped mentor and develop many people at Churchill who now hold key or senior positions within the business. John is committed to delivering only the finest services, exercising compelling leadership, maintaining good internal morale and striving to resolve any challenges efficiently and effectively.