Following the incident outside the Palace of Westminster today (14 August 2018), the UK threat level remains SEVERE meaning an attack is highly likely.
Police and security agencies are working to protect the public, but it is also important communities remain vigilant and aware of how to protect themselves if they need to.
The four minute film Stay Safe: Firearms and Weapons Attack sets out three key steps for keeping safe. The film is accompanied by an online information leaflet.
The public are urged to be alert, but not alarmed by the threat. The police service carries out daily activities to help maintain the protection and security of our citizens, public institutions, critical national infrastructure and businesses and places, including those who are potential terrorist targets. Individuals should think about what their plans are in the event of an incident.
The film advises those who get caught up in an incident to Run, Hide and Tell. Case studies and real life testimony based on the experiences of people who have survived attacks the advice given in the film has saved lives. Run Hide Tell can be viewed at www.gov.uk/government/publications/stay-safe-film.
Please report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency dial 999
- Escape if you can
- Consider the safest options
- Is there a safe route? RUN if not HIDE
- Can you get there without exposing yourself to greater danger?
- Insist others leave with you
- Leave belongings behind
- If you cannot RUN, HIDE
- Find cover from gunfire
- If you can see the attacker, they may be able to see you
- Cover from view does not mean you are safe, bullets go through glass, brick, wood and metal
- Find cover from gunfire e.g. substantial brickwork / heavy reinforced walls
- Be aware of your exits
- Try not to get trapped
- Be quiet, silence your phone and turn off vibrate
- Lock / barricade yourself in
- Move away from the door
Call 999 – What do the police need to know? If you cannot speak or make a noise listen to the instructions given to you by the call taker
- Location – Where are the suspects?
- Direction – Where did you last see the suspects?
- Descriptions – Describe the attacker, numbers, features, clothing, weapons etc.
- Further information – Casualties, type of injury, building information, entrances, exits, hostages etc.
- Stop other people entering the building if it is safe to do so