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Following a number of terrorist attacks in the UK, and most notably the Manchester Arena bombing, new measures will be coming into place under the newly created ‘Protect Duty’, otherwise known as ‘Martyn’s Law’, to ensure safety and perimeter protection for publicly accessible locations.
What is the Protect Duty?
The government is imposing new legislation under the name of ‘Protect Duty’, increasing the protection of the UK’s publicly accessible locations against terrorist attacks and ensuring they are equipt to deal with all possible incidents. Additional security measures and perimeter protection will now be required for public venues, organisations, and public spaces.
Who will the Protect Duty affect and how?
The legislation will apply to public venues such as entertainment venues, sports venues, shopping centres, and tourist attractions which have a capacity of over 100 people. It will also apply to large organisations such as retail chains, which employ over 250 staff members, and public spaces such as parks, beaches, bridges and city squares.
For the businesses affected, they will be required to use available government resources and guidance to protect their premises. This will include assessing the potential risks the premises hold, developing an extensive plan on how to manage an attack should one occur, along with identifying and installing security mitigations and equipment to protect the area, and educating staff members on how these work.
When does the Protect Duty come into action?
Whilst there isn’t a confirmed date for when the Protect Duty comes into action, the deadline to reach minimum compliance could be May to November 2023.
How can businesses prepare for the Protect Duty?
The first step in preparing for the Protect Duty is running a security risk assessment to identify vulnerabilities. Secondly, implementing risk mitigation where possible, for example, installing anti-ram bollards such as the Matador, Apex and Synergy. Thirdly, highlight what additional investment is needed to meet the obligations of the Protect Duty.
There should be a security culture within the workplace, enabling any staff member to express concerns. It is important to consider how you or your colleagues would manage an attack on or near the premises, and to ensure all staff are aware of any procedures in place.
Where to go for further information on the Protect Duty:
If you are liable under the new legislation, see our perimeter protection services and find out how we can support you. Alternatively, we would be happy to discuss our product suitability and can provide group presentations. To find out more, contact us today.