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Resources for security managers and building managers

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Ensuring business continuity and building security is part of the role of building managers and security managers. Incorporating Protect factors is therefore essential to ensuring the safety and security of your clients, staff, and the wider community in which your organisation is based, whatever its function or role.

Increasing resilience to all manner of threat is important to ensure the safety of individuals. The following resources may be useful to building managers and security managers to develop or enhance existing security arrangements.

  • An excellent starting point for most organisations is the National Stakeholder Menu of Tactical Options. This document outlines a set of options which can be used by the private sector and security industry to enhance their security posture at times of raised terrorism threat levels or in response to a terrorist incident. They can be employed independently or in support of the 'National Menu of Counter Terrorism Tactical Options'.
  • Industry awareness and online risk resources are available from the National Counter Terrorism Security Office.
  • Overall advice on recognising the terrorist threat is available, which covers searching venues, risk from vehicles, bomb threats, CBRN risks, and other risks.

Run, Hide, Tell, and dynamic lockdown

It's recommended that all staff watch the Run, Hide, Tell film. You may want to incorporate into your induction process. You can also download a Run, Hide, Tell poster (PDF).

In conjunction with the Run, Hide, Tell film, you may want to develop or review your existing dynamic lockdown procedure. Information is available in the crowded places guidance. Guidance for dynamic lockdown in schools and colleges is also available.

Marauding terrorist attack

Marauding terrorist attack - guidance: making your organisation ready

Marauding terrorist attack - supplementary guidance: preparing personnel

Bomb threats

Guidance is available about the nature of bomb threats and action to be taken upon receiving a threat.

The latest bomb threat recording form is also available on that page; you may want to bring it to the attention of your staff, as appropriate.

Crowded spaces

If you have a venue which hosts large gatherings or has access to large numbers of members of the public (such as a shopping centre), a good place to start for guidance is the government's crowded space guidance.

Hazardous substances

Guidance on what to do if a hazardous substance is used as an attack.


Bus and coach

Specific guidance for bus companies is available in 'Bus and coach security recommended best practice'.

Rental Vehicle Security Scheme

The Rental Vehicle Security Scheme (RVSS) is voluntary, and is open to all UK hire firms who offer long- and short-term rentals to consumers. RVSS requires participating companies to meet a set of requirements included in a 10-point code of practice.

This includes a commitment to:

  • lawfully share data and information with law enforcement
  • train staff to identify and report suspicious behaviour
  • appoint a recognised security contact
  • only accept electronic payment for all or part of the transaction

Apply to join the Rental Vehicle Security Scheme.

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