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While the authorities stress that the chances of being involved in a terror attack remain low, holidaymakers going abroad this summer are urged to watch the video designed to help keep them safe in the event of an incident.
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Foreign Office Minister for National Security and Counter Terrorism says: “We want people to be safe so they can enjoy their holidays. As well as reading and taking note of our travel advice and taking out appropriate insurance, I encourage people to watch this film before they go away.
“While there is no specific information that British holidaymakers will be targeted this summer, it sets out some simple steps we can all take to minimise the impact of an attack if one does take place.”
Detective Chief Supt Scott Wilson, National Coordinator for Protect and Prepare, says: “The chances of being caught up in a terrorist incident are still low but sadly we have seen atrocities take place in the UK and abroad. So it is important everyone stays alert and knows what to do if the worst was to happen. We want people to think of this in the same way they do the safety film airlines show before take-off. They don’t expect anything bad to happen but it is a sensible safety precaution to show people what to do. And find out in advance the local emergency number. For EU counties it is 112.”
To view the video, visit the ABTA website.
Meanwhile police are reminding householders how this time of year can bring seasonal spikes in crime such as burglary or bicycle theft.
Richard Lewis, Assistant Chief Constable of South Wales Police said: “Over the next few months I hope we’ll all be making the most of the good weather and holiday period. However, during the summer we find that people can forget to close windows and doors, and keep their property secure. Whether at home or out and about it’s important to be aware that there are opportunist thieves around, so please don’t make it easy for them to steal from you.
“There are plenty of steps you can take to ensure your property is secure. For example if you install a burglar alarm and good outside lighting this will act as a visual deterrent to prevent thieves from entering your home.
“Your local policing teams will maintain a visible police presence during this period to help deter criminals, but please consider the simple steps you can take to keep your property safe. As a force we will be providing crime prevention advice leaflets which will be handed out throughout the South Wales area, and via our Facebook and Twitter pages using the hashtag #StopandLock.”