How to avoid the threat of terrorism

 Unfortunately, it’s a saddening thought that we currently must live with terrorism and the threat of terrorism. The threat to the UK is at the second highest of five possible levels, meaning an attack is highly likely.

When it comes to travelling, you might wonder if there is anything you can do to avoid the threat of terrorism. Here’s our advice:

• Check the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s ‘Know Before You Go’ website for the latest security advice, recommendations for the destination you want to visit.
• Ensure you take out a good travel insurance policy that meets your needs and covers terrorism
• Check the policy is right for you and check any exclusions which apply
• Keep the policy details and the emergency helpline number with you
• Find out the details of the British Consular Office that services your destination and keep the number easily to hand.

When travelling abroad, you may feel it’s easier to just opt for a package that includes insurance. However, by doing this, you could be missing out on the level of insurance you really need. Speak to us here at SG Chaseside Insurance Solutions for further advice.

British counter-terror officials issued the following advice on how to behave in a gun or bomb attack:

• Escape if you can
• Consider the safest options
• Is there a safe route? Run, if not hide
• Can you get there without exposing yourself to greater danger?
• Insist others leave with you
• Leave belongings behind

• If you can’t run, hide
• Find cover from gunfire
• If you can see the attacker, they may be able to see you
• Cover from view does not mean you are safe, bullets go through glass, brick, wood and metal
• Find cover from gunfire e.g. substantial brickwork/heavy reinforced walls
• Be aware of your exits
• Try not to get trapped
• Be quiet, silence your phone
• Lock/barricade yourself in
• Move away from the door

• Call 999: What do the police need to know?
• Location: Where are the suspects?
• Direction: Where did you last see the suspects?
• Descriptions: Describe the attacker, numbers, features, clothing, weapons etc
• Further information: Casualties, type of injury, building information, entrances, exits, hostages etc
• Stop other people entering the building if it is safe to do so

If you need further information of the security status of a country, visit the Foreign Office’s website.

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