Incidents at a number of business premises across Warwickshire

There have been a number of incidents over the past week at business premises across the County. These incidents occurred in Minworth, Bedworth and Coleshill. If you would like to view the incidents, in case you have any information in relation to them or you would like to view the modus operandi so that you can put crime prevention measures in place, please visit the Warwickshire Police website via the following link: https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/35196

If you have information that you believe may be connected to the incidents, please contact the Police on 101, quoting the incident number given.

Please remain vigilant around your area and report suspicious persons, vehicles or activity to the Police on 101.

If you’d like to sign up to the Warwickshire Police Community Messaging Service please visit – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/cms

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Incidents at business premises over the past week in North Warwickshire

There have been a number of incidents at business premises over the past week in North Warwickshire. If you would like to view the incidents, in case you have any information in relation to them or you would like to view the modus operandi so that you can put crime prevention measures in place, please visit the following Warwickshire Police links:

Nuneaton – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/35187

Bedworth – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/35131

Rugby – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/35112

If you have information that you believe may be connected to the incidents, please contact the Police on 101, quoting the incident number given.

Please remain vigilant around your area and report suspicious persons, vehicles or activity to the Police on 101.

If you’d like to sign up to the Warwickshire Police Community Messaging Service please visit – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/cms

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Various incidents at shop premises in recent days across Warwickshire

 

There have been a number of incidents at shop premises over the past week in Warwickshire. If you would like to view the incidents, in case you have any information in relation to them or you would like to view the modus operandi so that you can put crime prevention measures in place, please visit the following Warwickshire Police links:

Nuneaton – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/34928

Rugby and Bidford on Avon – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/34927

If you have information that you believe may be connected to the incidents, please contact the Police on 101, quoting the incident number given.

Please remain vigilant around your area and report suspicious persons, vehicles or activity to the Police on 101.

If you’d like to sign up to the Warwickshire Police Community Messaging Service please visit – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/cms

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Incidents at business premises in recent days across Warwickshire

There have been a number of incidents at business premises over the past week in Warwickshire. If you would like to view the incidents, in case you have any information in relation to them or you would like to view the modus operandi so that you can put crime prevention measures in place, please visit the following Warwickshire Police links:

Bidford on Avon – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/34128

Polesworth – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/34144

Harborough Magna – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/34147

If you have information that you believe may be connected to the incidents, please contact the Police on 101, quoting the incident number given.

Please remain vigilant around your area and report suspicious persons, vehicles or activity to the Police on 101.

If you’d like to sign up to the Warwickshire Police Community Messaging Service please visit – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/cms

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Terrorist Threat to UK – Protect your staff and your business

Warwickshire Police have issued another statement in relation to this weeks attack. The statement below covers a range of advice for businesses. Read the statement below or view the statement on the Warwickshire Police website: https://www.westmercia.police.uk/33133

The threat level to the UK from international terrorism as a whole has been raised to its highest level which is CRITICAL (an attack is expected imminently) this should result in you considering an EXCEPTIONAL response.

You should review your existing security measures and ensure that they deliver.

Now is the time to consider the ‘escalation measures’ that you have already identified and review those you need to implement.

Report suspicious incidents.

Remember : Stay Safe – See – Tell – Act
We would therefore recommend that you consider:
In general
1) Encouraging staff to actively monitor news and media sources to ensure they maintain situational awareness.

2) Review your security plans to ensure that they are fit for purpose and ensure that your staff, volunteers and where appropriate visitors or contractors are aware of their contents.

3) It would be easy to concentrate on suicide IED as the threat, however you should ensure that you focus your planned response on the full range of potential terrorist attack methodologies, particularly those from vehicle as a weapon, bladed weapons and IED’s (person borne, placed or vehicle), although other methodologies should be actively considered.

4) Given the generic nature of the threat and that some location are more likely to be more attractive to hostile threat actors, you should carefully consider the level of threat and therefore the appropriate responses at your individual sites and, where appropriate, across your portfolios. In undertaking this task you may wish to consider such factors as location, proximity to iconic or crowded places, or other pertinent factors. For example you might prioritise your locations in city centres, near sporting or entertainment venues and transport hubs for security uplift and activity.

5) You should ensure that where you decide to instigate additional security or other measures that all your staff at the relevant locations are briefed, know their roles and responsibilities, and have access to the relevant corporate plans, policies and guidance.

6) You should consider how your resources and capabilities are deployed to deter, detect and disrupt and thus defeat hostile threat actors and terrorists:
To do this you would want to consider the following :

a. The use of your communication channels to reassure legitimate users of your sites and to project a hostile operating environment for threat actors.

b. The proactive deployment of security resources to conduct unpredictable security activities both within and in the footprint around your sites and venues to deter hostile reconnaissance and detect suspicious behaviour. They should be encouraged to engage individuals acting anomalously to determine what the cause is.

c. Ensure all staff take responsibility for security, not just security personnel. They should be reminded to be vigilant, and use their customer service skills to proactively engage with customers, visitors and others.

d. Active engagement with customers, visitors and individuals at or in the vicinity of locations in the way described above is both an opportunity to help and reassure legitimate site users and, in context to, deter or detect hostile threat actors.

e. Engage with your neighbours to ensure that your plans and activities are mutually supportive. In particular you may wish to ensure that any security activities are coordinated to ensure that gaps and inefficiencies are avoided.

f. Ensure that your staff are briefed on the threat and what constitutes suspicious behaviour. They will know what is normal for their regular places of work and what is not, positively encourage them to investigate or report things which feel out of place to the ordinary and have mechanisms to escalate such reporting.

g. Ensure that your personnel are aware that ethnicity, religion, colour, clothing, and gender are not helpful in identifying hostile threat actors or terrorists. However such individuals are likely to display suspicious or non-baseline behaviours. Again it is important to stress that this different behaviour may have many causes both benign and malign, and is not an indicator of terrorism. It is only through identifying, engaged and assessing why someone is behaving differently that a conclusion can be drawn.

7) Consider your action on suspicious activity and object reporting:

a. What are your ‘action on’ plans if your security or staff identify a suspicious individual or objects outside or inside your premises?

b. Are your staff aware of their options for Evacuation/ Invacuation/ Lockdown procedures, and do your plans include provision for vulnerable staff and visitors?

c. Do your staff know where the emergency assembly points?

d. Have you identified any protected spaces within your venues and do staff know where they are?

e. Are your staff lists up to date and accessible so that you can account for them in the event of an incident?

8) Search and Screening

a. Given finite resources ensure you should consider focusing it on addressing your highest priority threats

b. Configure your search regime to the threat you are looking to mitigate – E.g. prioritise detection of larger threats, accepting smaller items may not be detected If you are primarily worried about mass-casualty threats, don’t look for penknives

c. Configure any search and screening regimes to minimise queues

9) Stadia and venues specific considerations:
In addition stadia and venues may additionally wish to consider the following:

a. review event schedules and associated safety & security plans for the next 20 days and then on a rolling basis as long as the heightened alert state persists. This time period should not be taken as an indicator the anticipated duration of the heighted threat level, but rather prudent planning advice.

b. Consider staged or managed dispersal through multiple exit points to minimise crowd densities at the end of an event

c. Consider security and perimeter surveillance at of all stages of event. In particular consider how you manage the dispersal phase of an event and how you use your personnel and security resources to continue to recognise and react to suspicious behaviour and objects.

d. Ensure activity deployed to identify and act on suspicious behaviour is maintained for the dispersal phase of an event and that known entry and exit points are considered within any plan.

e. Consider your extended footprint as part of any security and safety planning/ activity

f. Consider maintaining the same perimeter control measures at the end of an event as you would at the start.

g. Ensure that the public are aware of enhanced security measures before arrival to enhance compliance and ensure that they do not bring items that would slow down any search regime you have in place.

h. Consider your ability to actively message staff and visitors within your venue to pass on instructions or information in the event of an incident or response to a threat.

In conclusion as discussed this is not intended to be a comprehensive list, and we will be publishing supporting guidance on our website to complement this briefing. NaCTSO will continue to provide advice and I would recommend that if you have specific issues that you engage with your relevant forces CTSA’s.

However our overall message would be that despite the challenging and horrific nature of the threat we face there are things that you can do to make a difference and to meet this challenge.

Leadership is the key to meeting this challenge, and individuals conducting dynamic risk assessments and taking the lead in the event of an incident or suspicious activity will save lives.

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Advice for businesses from the NCSC regarding the recent ransomware attacks

The National Cyber Security Centre has recently issued guidance to home users and small businesses who want to reduce the likelihood of being held to ransom by ‘WannaCry’ or any other type of ransomware.

The three main ways in which you can protect yourself or business are:

  • Update software
  • Run antivirus
  • Keep a safe back up of files

To read the advice in greater detail, including what to do if you have been infected, visit the NCSC website: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/WannaCry-guidance-for-home-users-and-small-businesses

The NCSC also release a weekly threat report and this week it focuses on the recent ransomware attacks: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/report/weekly-threat-report-19th-may-2017

If you would like general advice on protecting your business online visit the ‘Advice Sheet’ section of the Warwickshire Business Watch website.

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Spate of robberies in Kenilworth and South Warwickshire

Warwickshire Police have issued a number of alerts in relation to incidents at business premises in recent days. Below are the links to the incidents and a request to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour.

Details of a number of incidents at businesses premises in South Warwickshire: https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/32831

Armed robbery in Kenilworth: https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/32835

Request to remain vigilant: https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/32832

If you have information that you believe may be connected to the incidents, please contact the Police on 101, quoting the incident number given.

Please remain vigilant around your area and report suspicious persons, vehicles or activity to the Police on 101.

If you’d like to sign up to the Warwickshire Police Community Messaging Service please visit – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/cms

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Incidents at business premises over the past week in Warwickshire.

There have been a number of incidents at business premises over the past week in Warwickshire. If you would like to view the incidents, in case you have any information in relation to them or you would like to view the modus operandi so that you can put crime prevention measures in place, please visit the Warwickshire Police website: https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/32788

If you have information that you believe may be connected to the incidents, please contact the Police on 101, quoting the incident number given.

Please remain vigilant around your area and report suspicious persons, vehicles or activity to the Police on 101.

If you’d like to sign up to the Warwickshire Police Community Messaging Service please visit – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/cms

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City of London Police issue protection alert in wake of international ransomware cyber attack

Following the ransomware cyber attack on Friday 12 May which affected the NHS and is believed to have affected other organisations globally, the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has issued an alert urging both individuals and businesses to follow protection advice immediately and in the coming days.

Key Protect messages for businesses to protect themselves from ransomware:

  • Install system and application updates on all devices as soon as they become available.
  • Install anti-virus software on all devices and keep it updated.
  • Create regular backups of your important files to a device that isn’t left connected to your network as any malware infection could spread to that too.

To read the full alert visit the Action Fraud website: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news/nhs-hit-by-large-scale-cyber-attack-may17

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Incidents at business premises in recent days across Warwickshire

There have been a number of incidents in recent days at business premises across the County. A number of these have occurred in Nuneaton and Bedworth and one in Napton. If you would like to view the incidents, in case you have any information in relation to them or you would like to view the modus operandi so that you can put crime prevention measures in place, please visit the links below.

Nuneaton and Bedworth (3 incidents) – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/32548

Bedworth – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/32528

Napton – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/32490

If you have information that you believe may be connected to the incidents, please contact the Police on 101, quoting the incident number given.

Please remain vigilant around your area and report suspicious persons, vehicles or activity to the Police on 101.

If you’d like to sign up to the Warwickshire Police Community Messaging Service please visit – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/cms

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