As UK schools break up for the summer holidays and the travel industry prepares for one of the busiest periods of the year, Counter Terrorism Policing wants holidaymakers to watch vital safety information before they fly, like reported by plymouthherald.co.uk.
In 2017 CT Policing, in association with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Home Office and ABTA – The Travel Association – launched the four minute film highlighting what to do in the unlikely event of a terror attack – Run, Hide, Tell.
Since then more than 10 million people have viewed it, and they now know how to take action or respond should the worst happen.
As the busy holiday period gets underway, the film will be promoted on social media channels in a bid to reach as many holidaymakers as possible.
Since the devastating Sousse attack in 2015, CT Policing’s international footprint has expanded significantly, with increases in the number of officers providing a range of security liaison and advice to other countries, ensuring they are better prepared to keep British citizens safe when overseas.
ABTA have also translated the video into 15 different languages for use in multiple countries, to improve awareness amongst the holiday representatives, hotel staff and security guards who look after millions of UK tourists every year.
The FCO also advises holidaymakers to read the FCO Travel Advice ( www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice ) and to sign up for email alerts to be notified of any updates for their destination, either before or during travel. Travel advice provides objective information to help people make better-informed decisions about foreign travel.
Counter Terrorism Policing’s National Coordinator for Protect and Prepare, Detective Chief Superintendent Michael Orchard, said: “An important part of my job is deploying police officers and staff around the world to share the UK’s world-renowned security expertise, to better protect people from harm.
“The chances of being caught up in a terror attack are incredibly small, but we know that people like to know how to react should the worst happen.
“We want people to think of this in the same way they do the safety film airlines, a sensible safety precaution that they will likely never have to use, but one that could still save your life or the lives of others.”
Security Minister, Ben Wallace MP, said: “Terrorist attacks are thankfully very rare and it is extremely unlikely that British tourists will be caught up in one whilst away on holiday.
“Nevertheless they do happen and it is important that we all ensure that we are aware of the threat and are as prepared as possible.
“I ask that holidaymakers take a minute before they travel to watch the Run, Hide, Tell film which offers practical advice and could end up saving their lives should the worst happen.
“I also urge everyone to read the full details of their travel insurance to ensure that they are appropriately protected.”
FCO Minister of State for Counter Terrorism, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon said: “We work closely with our international partners to ensure that British holidaymakers are safe overseas.
“While the chances of getting caught up in a terrorist event are extremely low, it is important that people remain vigilant.
“Before going away do take a moment to check the FCO’s travel advice to help you plan for a safe trip.
“We encourage everyone to take sensible precautions whilst abroad, and if an incident occurs, remember the key advice to Run, Hide, Tell.”
Nikki White, Director of Destinations and Sustainability from ABTA said: “Wherever you are travelling to and whatever time of year you go, it is important you are aware of the Run, Hide, Tell advice so that you know how to respond in the unlikely event that you are caught up in a terror attack at home or abroad.
“We also encourage all travellers to check the Foreign Office’s travel advice when planning their holiday and before they travel so they have the latest information about the destination they are visiting.”