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The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games provided public and private sectors across the UK with a unique opportunity to increase engagement and communicate with each other - quickly and effectively -  important safety and security messages that may require the attention of as broad an audience as possible.

To this end, the Cross-sector Safety and Security Communications project (CSSC) was established, with the aim to deliver one timely and authoritative security message – fed by the Metropolitan Police and other UK agencies - not sensitive in nature, to a range of UK industries, their employees (from office-based to field and contracted staff) and customers potentially affected by them. A legacy project of the Games, the CSSC project continues to operate, providing up-to-date security messages from the Met Police on safety and security issues.

To find out more and keep up to date, visit the CSSC's official website.

The BSIA is pleased to be an active part of this project, and as part of its commitment to cascading messages to its members, customers and end-users, it will post relevant communication on this webpage, in reverse chronological order, for the information of our website visitors.

Latest CSSC notifications

22/03/2017 - CSSC London Amber Message 

MPS Bulletin

You will all be aware of the shocking events at Westminster a short while ago. The Metropolitan Police Service is not advising that people change their plans, lock down buildings, or anything of this kind. We do continue to advise, however, that all our communities and partners remain alert but not alarmed. 

Businesses in the Westminster area should be prepared for likely congestion that will potentially last for several days. 

In common with all Police Forces across the UK, the Metropolitan Police continually trains and plans for incidents of this type and several of those plans are being put into place now.  

Many of you will have customers or staff who will look to you for advice/guidance.  

Our advice to you is: 

  • ·         Remain alert not alarmed/clearly brief staff
  • ·         Review your plans
  • ·         Consider early holding message for customers/staff until formal messaging arrives (media can help)
  • ·         Report all suspicious sightings asap. 

18/03/2017 - CSSC London Amber Message - MPS / NCPP Bulletin

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), and the office of the National Coordinator Protect and Prepare (NCPP) are aware of, and monitoring the incident that has taken place in Paris this morning.

Police are aware of two incidents that occurred in Paris this morning, Saturday 18th March 2017. During the first incident, shortly before 7am, a police officer was shot and injured at a road check in suburbs of North Paris.

During the second incident, which took place at approximately 8.30am, a male was shot and killed at Paris Orly Airport by security forces, after grabbing a gun belonging to a soldier before running off.

There are unconfirmed reports that the same male was involved in both incidents. 

The MPS and NCPP will provide further updates through CSSC, if appropriate, once we are able to review information received from relevant authoritative sources. 

Advice & Further Information

The threat from International Terrorism is SEVERE, meaning an attack is highly likely. Police officers are fully aware of the threat level and are operating at a high level of awareness. 

In an emergency call 999
For non-emergencies call 101
For the Anti Terrorist Hotline call 0800 789 321

15/03/2017 - CSSC London Green Message - Police London Protect Newsletter.

Please click here to download the second edition of the 'London Protect Newsletter', produced by the MPS in conjunction with the City of London Police and the British Transport Police. 

07/03/2017 - CSSC Green Message - MPS Falcon Cyber Bulletin

Please click here to download a MPS Falcon team cyber bulletin regarding attacks on PBX telephone systems. 

This type of crime particularly affects small to medium businesses using answering machines to grow their business.

21/02/2017 - CSSC Amber Message - London Protect / NCPP Incident Message - Barcelona Incident

This CSSC message is sent on behalf of the London Protect and the office of the National Coordinator Protect and Prepare in relation to an incident in Barcelona, Spain, this morning. 

Click here to view the full message...

14/02/2017 - CSSC Green Message - London Protect Edition 1

The below PDF is sent on behalf of Metropolitan Police Protective Security Operations. The attachment is the first 'London Protect' newsletter which has been developed in partnership with the City of London Police and British Transport Police. This new monthly newsletter aims to provide regular updates that will advise and inform businesses in the London region of relevant protective security information. 

Click here to view London Protect

06/02/2017 - CSSC London Green Message MPS Cyber Bulletin re Falcon

MPS - Falcon - Click here to view the latest Metropolitan Police Cyber Protect briefing

03/02/2017 - CSSC Amber Message - NCPP / MPS - Paris Incident - 3rd February 2017

The office of the National Coordinator Protect and Prepare and the Metropolitan Police Service are aware of, and are monitoring, an incident that took place in central Paris this morning, Friday 3rd February 2017.

The NCPP and MPS will provide further updates through CSSC, if appropriate, once we are able to review information received from authoritative sources.

26/01/2017 - CSSC London Green Message - City of London Police - NFIB Alert

National Fraud Intelligence Bureau's Monthly Fraud Threat Update for January 2017.

Relish Ransomware Alert - Fraudsters are sending out a high number of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses. This is a 'spoofed' email pretending to come from the London based broadband company 'Relish'.

12/01/2017 - CSSC London Green Message - City of London Police - NFIB Alert

Migrant Helpline Alert - Fraudsters are sending out a high number of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses purporting to be from Migrant Helpline. Please note, the Migrant Helpline is a genuine charity, and not related in any way to this fraud. An example of the phishing email can be found by clicking here.

09/01/2017 - CSSC Amber Message - MPS / NCPP - Fort Lauderdale Incident - 6th January 2017

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the office of the National Coordinator Protect and Prepare has been monitoring events at Fort Lauderdale overnight and officers have been in contact with US authorities to identify any learning that may be pertinent to the UK. 

We are confident that protective security measures and processes at UK airports are robust. Attacks overseas do have the potential to affect the business community when travelling or operating businesses in affected countries and we encourage you to use the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website to keep yourselves up to date with relevant advice. 

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D'Orsi, the Senior National Coordinator for Protect and Prepare said, 'As a matter of routine, we monitor incidents around the World as they occur and I have spoken to US authorities about this attack. There is an ongoing investigation that will identify motives and our relationship with overseas agancies is such that we share learning where it is appropriate. At this time, we do not see theis specific attack representing an enduring threat to London or UK interests. My thoughts are with those people who will have been affected by this attack including our international emergency service colleagues who bravely intervene in such incidents and deal with their aftermaths'. 

06/01/2017 - CSSC London Green Message - TFL Bulletin RE Tube Strike

TfL advice ahead of planned Tube strike

Travel advice ahead of planned Tube strike
Planned strike action by RMT and TSSA unions will affect Tube services on evening of Sunday 8 January and all day Monday 9 January

If the strike goes ahead, TfL advise customers to complete journeys by 18:00 on Sunday and that most Zone 1 stations likely to be closed
See www.tfl.gov.uk/tube-strike and follow @TfLTravelAlerts, @TfLTrafficNews and @TfLBusAlerts for latest information.

Transport for London (TfL) is advising customers that there will be a severely reduced service across the London Underground network on Sunday evening and all day on Monday should strike action currently planned by the RMT and TSSA unions go ahead. 

Station staff who are members of the RMT and TSSA unions are currently planning to strike from 18.00 on Sunday 8 January for 24 hours. This would mean severely reduced services on Monday. TfL will try to run as many services as possible, but customers are advised to complete their journeys by 18.00 on Sunday, and that most Zone 1 stations are likely to be closed throughout the action. 

Although National Rail services would not be affected by the strike there would be no Underground services from key interchange stations such as Victoria, King’s Cross, Waterloo, Paddington, Euston, Bank and London Bridge.

Piccadilly line services would still run between Hammersmith and Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3, but there would be no service to Terminals 4 or 5. There would be no service at all on the Victoria or Waterloo & City lines, and all other lines would be severely affected with limited services in outer London.

For customers travelling to Canary Wharf from central London, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) services will be running, however they will be busier than usual. River services will also link central London and Canary Wharf.
Customers using the DLR are being advised that there may be changes to services towards Bank, with trains instead terminating at Shadwell or Tower Gateway. 

Should the strike go ahead, buses, roads and rail services are expected to be much busier than usual, particularly those bus routes serving major interchange stations. TfL will be deploying Travel Ambassadors in order to help customers get around the city, over 100 extra buses will be deployed to enhance existing routes and river services will also be enhanced.

There will be posters, digital boards and announcements in stations to keep people informed of the latest level of service and all customers are advised to check before they travel at tfl.gov.uk/tube-strike and use the live update services @TfLTravelAlerts, @TfLTrafficNews and @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter.

06/01/2017 - CSSC London Green Message - City of London Police - NFIB Alerts

Charitable Fraud Alert - Social media platforms are being used to gather donations from members of the public for fake animal welfare charities overseas.

Property Fraud Alert - Organised criminal groups are currently targeting empty properties in the UK to apply for loans, duping mortgage providers and causing distress to members of the public.

Vehicle Leasing Fraud - Overseas crime groups are targeting UK based car leasing companies to fraudulently obtain high performance motor vehicles.