What To Do In A Terror Attack

The UK terrorism threat level is currently at ‘critical’, meaning an attack is imminent. As members of the public, you will have naturally become more vigilant; it’s imperative that this remains, with an increased awareness of what is going on around you.

When travelling to and from work, consider if it is sensible to wear a uniform or company branding. Although the threat isn’t currently suspected to be directed at specific targets, we must take all reasonable measures to ensure personal safety.

Social media can be a useful way of communicating news, but please, ensure that your security settings are set to private and that you are mindful of what information you are sharing.

The following is based on Government advice.



Escape if you can.

Can you get away without exposing yourself to greater danger? This is better than surrender or negotiating.

Is there a safe route?

If it is safe, RUN. If it’s not…


Find cover from gunfire (which can get through glass, brick, wood and metal).

If you can see an attacker, they may be able to see you. Lock in/barricade yourself if possible.

Don’t hide by doors if possible. Stay aware of your exits. Be quiet, silence your phone and turn off vibrate.


Call 999 if possible.

If you can’t speak or make noise, wait and listen for the instructions that will be given to you.

Stop other people from entering the area, if it is safe to do so.

How to react to an armed police response:


  • Point guns at you.
  • Treat you firmly. Question you. Be unable to distinguish you from an attacker.
  • Move you from your location.

Remain calm and trust that the officers are there to enhance your safety.

If you ever see a suspicious item…

Do not touch. Try to identify an owner nearby.

Don’t be embarrassed about reporting it. Do not assume that anyone else will report it.

Move away and contact nearby staff, security or 999 if they’re not available.

Given the horrific events of this morning’s rush hour, which has sent shock waves through the country, there may be an increased police and security presence in densely populated areas, to provide reassurance to the public; it is essential that we all play our part.

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