The likelihood of getting caught up in a terrorist attack while you’re on holiday is extremely small. But occasional reports of attacks on holidaymakers abroad can be worrying so it’s important to know how to reduce your risk and what to do in the unlikely event you do get caught up in an incident.
The first thing to do is to check out the latest travel advice on the country you’re visiting on the government’s website. This will tell you how safe the area is and if there have been any recent incidents of terrorism. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office doesn’t advise against travel everywhere that terrorists operate but if the risk is high it will advise against all but essential travel to a particular region.
The risk of terrorism is higher in some countries than in others. But with terrorists increasingly looking for targets that aren’t in well-protected places you need to be vigilant at all times while abroad. This includes places like bars, restaurants, shops, places of worship, tourist sites and on transport.
The government offers the following advice to reduce your risk from terrorism:
If you do get caught up in a firearms or weapons attack you should run to a safe place if at all possible. This is far better than to surrender or negotiate. If there’s nowhere to go then hide remembering to turn your phone to silent (also turn off vibrate) and barricade yourself in if you can. Then finally and only when it’s safe should you contact the police.
Counter Terrorism Police UK has produced a video which tells you exactly what to do to keep safe in the event of an incident.
If there’s a safe route – run
Insist others go with you
Don’t let their indecision slow you down
Leave belongings behind
If you can’t run to safety, hide
Be aware of your exits
Find cover from gunfire
Try not to get trapped
Lock yourself in a room if possible
Barricade yourself in
Keep away from doors and windows
Be quiet and silence your phone
Call the police when it is safe
Give your location
Give the direction the attacker(s) is moving in
Describe the attacker
Published on 07/06/18
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