Developing Dynamic Lockdown Procedures 

Cityfire & Electrical Services were one of the first companies to install lockdown alarms in the west midlands and we have years of experience in this field, with the ever changing guidelines from the ant terror organisation and HMRC we can help you keep you to date and compliant.

This guidance to develop procedures to dynamically lockdown sites in response to a fast moving incident such as a firearms or weapons attack, either directly at the site or in the vicinity. Due to the differences between the vast array of sites in the UK it is not possible to give prescriptive advice, however this guidance details planning considerations applicable to most sites.  ​

What is dynamic lockdown?

Dynamic lockdown is the ability to quickly restrict access and egress to a site or building (or part of) through physical measures in response to a threat, either external or internal. The aim of lockdown is to prevent people moving into danger areas and preventing or frustrating the attackers accessing a site (or part of). It is recognised that due to their nature some sites may not be able to physically achieve lockdown.  ​

Why develop dynamic lockdown?

Those seeking to conduct attacks often undertake a level of planning including hostile reconnaissance. All opportunities to detect and deter threats at the attack planning phase should be taken. Presenting a strong security posture through visible and effective activity, for example by staff awareness and reporting processes, efficient use of CCTV, deterrent communications and active security zones. ​

In preventing an attack has not been possible, the ability to frustrate and delay the attacker(s) during the course of the attack and reduce the number of potential casualties can be greatly increased through dynamic lockdown.

Advance planning of what needs to be done to lockdown a site and recognising the need for flexibility in those plans will save lives. ​

Planning should consider;

  • How to achieve effective full or partial lockdown
  • How to let people know what’s happening  
  • Training your staff  
  • STAY SAFE principles  ​

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