COLP Business & Community Bulletin 26-09-2014

What is ‘suspicious?’

Friday 26 September 2014


Remember also… Safety and Liberty

Most people taking photographs are entirely innocent.

People may film or photograph from public places, even if what they are capturing is private property.

People may film or photograph from private property unless expressly prohibited or unless permission is

required and has not been sought or granted. In this instance, a security guard can

_ inform the individual of this and request that they cease photographing/filming.

_ request that the person leave the premises and use reasonable force if necessary to effect this.


_ asking unusual questions about security arrangements or specific events

_ filming (including from vehicles), drawing, taking notes or photographs, or just watching for

extended periods, focusing on security cameras, entrances and exits, access and egress routes

_ bringing unusual packages into premises

_ found in off-limits areas, particularly near plant or server rooms, or places of possible concealment


_ parked in suspicious circumstances


_ or bags left unattended

Are you suspicious of what you see?

Don’t ignore it. Don’t wait for permission. Don’t delay. Trust your instincts.


For more information contact

Together, we’ve got it covered.

Project Servator

New tactics, new tools, new technology

Project Servator is the City of London Police’s newest weapon in the fight against crime

and terrorism.

Using overt and covert policing tactics, Project Servator combines anti- reconnaissance

operations with active public engagement to reassure and inform our community, and to

encourage the vital reporting of suspicious behaviour.

Contact the email address below to find out more about the part business and the

community plays in Project Servator.

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and extremist threat, protective security and how you can keep your staff, site, and the wider

City community safe and in business.

Contact us to find out how we can help you.

This checklist is designed to help your staff deal with a telephoned bomb

threat effectively and to record the necessary information.

Once the information has been received it should be forwarded

immediately to the police on 999.

Record the EXACT wording of the threat.

Ask the following questions

· Where is the bomb right now?

· When is it going to explode?

· What kind of bomb is it?

· What will cause it to explode?

· Did you place the bomb?

· Why?

· What is your name, address, telephone number?

About the caller:

· Age

· Sex

· Nationality

Think about:

· Language: Well spoken? Irrational? Offensive? Taped or read?

· Caller’s voice: Calm? Angry? Disguised? Accent?

· Background sounds: Street noise? PA systems? Office noise?


· Time of call

· Number call received on

Now Dial 999 without further delay

Telephone Bomb Threat


If you discover a suspicious item in a mail room, or anywhere

else in the building

Do not use your mobile phone or radio within 15 metres of the item.

Dial 999 and ask for police. Do not delay or wait for permission.

If you’re holding the item, put it down on a cleared, flat surface, separate from other

items. Otherwise, do not touch it.

Move away.

Clear people from adjacent rooms, including above and below.

Prevent others entering the cleared area.

Tell others what is happening

Ask witnesses to wait for police. Encourage them to write down what they have

seen, but discourage them from discussing it with each other before police arrive.

Tell police if the item has been opened, or partially opened.

If you think this is a chemical or biological incident

Tell anyone who has been near the item not to touch their eyes, nose or anywhere

else on their body, or brush their clothing

Reassure them that they are unlikely to feel any ill effects, and that medical aid is on

its way.

They can wash their hands in a solution of one teaspoon of domestic bleach to one

litre of water, and then rinse with ordinary soap and water.

Take them to a comfortable room as close to the isolated room as possible, and

have them stay there until emergency services arrive.

Make a list of who might have been exposed to the material.

Shut down the air conditioning or ventilation into or out of the affected rooms. If you

can isolate these rooms, it may not be necessary to evacuate the rest of the building.

Emergency services have specialist training and decontamination

facilities. The sooner you call them, the sooner they can help you.

Suspicious Item





Islamist terrorists released a video appearing to show the beheading of a kidnapped

French tourist this week. Herve Gourdel, 55, was kidnapped on Sunday, one day

after arriving at Djurdjura National Park for a hiking tour. The video appears to show

members of Jund al Khilafa, an organisation linked to the so-called Islamic State of

Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Mr Gourdel’s murder follows the French government’s

rejection of an ultimatum to halt French involvement in air strikes in Iraq.


A terrorism subject stabbed two police officers at a Melbourne police station, before

being shot dead by one of the officers, on Tuesday. Abdul Numan Haider, 18, had

attended Endeavour Hills police station by appointment to meet with counterterrorism

officers. Both officers required surgery.


Minusma, the United Nations mission in Mali says five Chadian peacekeepers have

been killed and another three wounded by an explosive device. The blast happened

on the road between the towns of Aguelhok and Tessalit in the northern Kidal region.

This attack brings the number of Minusma peacekeepers killed this month to ten.

United Kingdom

Terrorism and Domestic Extremism

Man charged with Iraq bomb offences

A man has been charged with conspiracy to murder in relation to several improvised

explosive devices (IEDs) found in Iraq in 2007. Anis Abid Sardar, 37, was arrested

at his home in north-west London on Tuesday. Sardar is alleged to have conspired

to use roadside IEDs to attack coalition forces in Iraq.

Brighton Jihadi killed in Syria

A 19-year-old from Brighton is believed to be the latest British jihadi to be killed in

Syria. Sources say that Ibrahim Kamara, also known as Khalil al-Britani, died after a

US air strike on Aleppo this week. Kamara travelled to Syria in February to fight for

Jabhat al-Nusra, an al Qaeda affiliate.

Northern Ireland and related

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Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 September

This event may attract protest by various parties, including Occupy. There is no

indication that this will have any impact on the City of London.

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