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Basic Security – Personal Security At Home Part 1

Basic Security – Personal Security at Home Part 1


This guidance is designed for personnel individual’s subjected to a high threat level, but everyone should draw on it as necessary to suit their own particular circumstances. This guidance is designed to be read by the individuals concerned.

The Key to Successful Protection:

The most important thing to remember is always to be on the alert for terrorist sources of danger, particularly when you are most vulnerable, such as when leaving or entering your home or place of work. You should avoid creating a regular pattern of behaviour. Adopting the simple personal security drills set out in this annexe will make you a less likely target for a terrorist attack.


You should avoid giving information about where you are going and what you are doing. You should aim to achieve anonymity outside Service establishments, particularly where you live, shop, or take recreation. In particular, you should:

  • As far as possible, avoid wearing visible items of uniform when travelling to and from work.
  • Whenever possible, avoid being collected at home by non-civilianized Service vehicles or drivers in uniform.
  • Whenever possible, avoid disclosing your Service connection to professional and commercial organizations or utilities who may record it in their databases and issue documents, such as credit cards and cheque books to you, or correspond with you. Do not authorize the publication of your rank or Service in telephone directories, the electoral roll, and other easily accessible records. It is advisable to have your telephone number ex-directory.
  • Use forwarding rather than a private or official address in such publications as ‘Who’s Who’, or in open registers published by clubs and societies.
  • Arrange for your private and personal mail to be addressed to your office and not to your private address. Ask anyone who may correspond with you to omit your rank from any mail sent to your private address.

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