The number of terror investigations has risen sharply in the last few months, increasing from “over 500” in March to 676 by the end of June, revealed a PM spokesperson today.
This statement comes the day after a terror attack in London yesterday, in which a Ford Fiesta was driven into cyclists outside The Houses of Parliament, injuring 15 people. 29-year-old Salih Khater has today (Wednesday 15th August) been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
Earlier in the month a man also pleaded guilty to plotting a terror attack on London’s Oxford Street and raising money for terrorism. Lewis Ludlow, 26, planned to hire a van and hit pedestrians and also targeted Madame Tussauds and St Paul’s Cathedral, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said. He pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey and is due to be sentenced on 2 November. Ludlow, who also used the name Ali Hussain, had hoped to kill up to 100 people. (source: BBC news)
Government advice in event of a terrorist attack
Whilst terror attacks such as these are rare, knowing what to do if you are caught in an incident is important and could save your life. The Government has issued some simple guidelines to follow; Run, Hide, Tell.
RUN to a place of safety. This is a far better option than to surrender or negotiate. If there’s nowhere to go, then…
HIDE It’s better to hide than to confront. Remember to turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Barricade yourself in if you can. Then finally and only when it is safe to do so…
TELL the police by calling 999.
Facing the terrorism threat as an employer
Often businesses have contingencies in place for restoring computer systems and finding alternative office space in the event of a disaster, but what about the one thing that’s not so easily replaceable; their people?
With the increased threat of terrorism both in the UK and worldwide, it is important to recognise how this could affect staff and how you would locate them in an emergency.
In response to increased threat levels, we have launched an app that can instantly locate and communicate with staff called IncidentEye.
The app, which lies dormant on staff phones until an incident is triggered by their employer, uses location data to establish if any employees are in the danger zone and prompt them to check in safely. The app can then be used to communicate with affected staff, sharing up to date safety information and warning any near-by employees to avoid the area until the incident is resolved.
Of course, we all hope we will never have to face situations like the ones reported this week, but as a responsible employer, it is important not to ignore the risk and plan for how you would respond.
Find out more about IncidentEye.