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CST security alert

Last updated: 2004-03-25



The Community Security Trust which offers help and support to Jewish groups and organisations, has issued a warning about the possible threat of attack to Jewish people and property.

In a message sent to communal groups and leaders, the CST says:

Following the threat to attack the UK made by an al-Qaeda linked group last week, and the declaration by Palestinian and Islamist groups to avenge the death of Hamas leader Shiekh Ahmed Yassin, the CST assesses that there is a heightened risk of antisemitic attacks against the Jewish community in Britain. The police concur with this analysis. Hamas have declared that the assassination of Yassin was a declaration of war upon Islam and that “all Muslims in the entire world will have the honour to respond to this crime”. The new leader of Hamas, Abd al Aziz al-Rantisi, called on “the Islamic nation [to] wake up and shake the land under the feet of those Zionists and the Americans who back them."

It has also issued the following 12 security precautions

1. Be aware of your surroundings when arriving and leaving communal buildings.

2. Check the outside of your building for evidence of a break-in or suspicious objects upon arrival. Repeat these checks at intervals throughout your working day and when closing the building.

3. Remember to keep all external doors secured when the building is in use.

4. Be alert for suspicious people and activities including parked cars and unattended bags. Effective security focuses on observing outwards from the building – spot the problem before the problem comes to you.

5. Challenge and question all strangers and visitors to your building even if they are accompanied by someone you know.

6. Pay special attention to the security of those outside your location. If you spot a suspicious person, object, bag, package or car, immediately instruct people to move away. Either disperse them or take them inside the safety of the building.

7. Try to prevent staff and visitors from congregating outside your building especially upon arrival and departure. Encourage people to disperse as quickly as possible, e.g. after services, at the end of the school day, or at the end of an event.

8. If you receive a suspicious package in the post, move staff and visitors away and do not touch it. Call the police - dial 999 and contact the CST.

9. Ensure that your alarm system and CCTV equipment are working. Check that lenses are cleaned and tapes are recording and are changed regularly.

10. Establish and maintain a voluntary community security rota.

11. Threatening and abusive phone calls must be reported to the Police and the CST. Remember and where possible record and retain the message and dial 1471 to obtain the caller’s number

12. Threatening and abusive items received in the post should also be reported to the Police and the CST. Handle such items as little as possible to preserve evidence.