New security guidelines for London businesses

London’s largest businesses have been given new guidelines on how to improve their security in the wake of the bomb attacks in the capital.

More than 300 firms, including Tesco and HSBC, have been advised to consider counter-terrorism measures such as searching staff bags. The initiative, supported by MI5, also stresses the need for all businesses to put contingency plans in place.

MI5 has also posted a basic security checklist for companies on its website.

A new security booklet has been prepared by business support group London First and the National Counter-Terrorism Security Office.

Businesses are being encouraged to take a series of measures to protect themselves, ranging from keeping offices locked to ensuring public areas are tidy and well-lit.

London First said security issues would differ from business to business, but many of the measures were simply ‘common sense’.

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