Be vig­i­lant, cus­tomers and shops warned

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Life - BY CHRISTY BYRNE [email protected]­i­tymir­ @ByrneChristy

Omega Hol­i­days was es­tab­lished in 1979 and was fam­ily owned and man­aged un­til be­com­ing part of the JG Travel Group in 2017. The fam­ily friendly ap­proach to cus­tomer ser­vice re­mains a core part of the Omega of­fer­ing.

MERSEY­SIDE po­lice have urged shop­pers to put se­cu­rity at the top of their Christ­mas lists this year.

With the fes­tive rush about to get un­der way, Counter Ter­ror­ism Polic­ing has launched its big­gest win­ter ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign as part of ACT: Ac­tion Coun­ters Ter­ror­ism.

While there is no known in­creased threat to busy town and city cen­tres, peo­ple flock­ing to stock up on Christ­mas gifts will see po­lice work­ing along­side se­cu­rity per­son­nel to en­cour­age ev­ery­one to re­main vig­i­lant and re­port any­thing sus­pi­cious.

Ex­perts from Counter Ter­ror­ism Polic­ing will be ask­ing re­tail­ers and other busi­nesses who op­er­ate in crowded places to think about their con­tin­gency plans, ask­ing them to draw up a “Sixty Sec­ond Se­cu­rity” plan which has the power to im­prove their re­ac­tion to emer­gen­cies.

This se­cu­rity check in­cludes ap­point­ing some­one to make de­ci­sions on the shop floor, emer­gency en­trances and ex­its in build­ings, lock downs, hid­ing places, pro­ce­dures in a “Run, Hide, Tell” (RHT) sce­nario and staff brief­ings.

The win­ter cam­paign aims to en­cour­age the pub­lic to re­main vig­i­lant, look out for sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour and in­form peo­ple how to re­port their con­cerns, pro­vid­ing a “whole so­ci­ety” ap­proach where po­lice, se­cu­rity staff, re­tail work­ers and the pub­lic come to­gether to min­imise the chance of at­tacks and mit­i­gate the im­pact they can have.

Launch­ing the cam­paign, na­tional co-or­di­na­tor for Pro­tect And Pre­pare Ch Supt Nick Ald­worth said: “As peo­ple are en­joy­ing the fes­tive sea­son they will see a vis­i­ble se­cu­rity pres­ence with po­lice pa­trols and ad­di­tional se­cu­rity in crowded places.’’

No threats have been made but Ch Supt Nick Ald­worth said busy ar­eas will have a greater se­cu­rity pres­ence

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