Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) and the national network
of Police Counter Terrorism Security Advisors (CTSAs) are working
on reducing the vulnerability of crowded places sites across the
UK. Many of these crowded
places consist of small to medium enterprises (SMEs), that may not
have necessarily considered themselves as, or even “part of “a
The Crowded Places Vulnerability Self Assessment Tool (VSAT),
which has been developed by NaCTSO in
partnership with leading businesses across the UK, will assist owners, operators or
those responsible for security of crowded places to determine their
vulnerability to terrorist attack.
What is VSAT?
The self assessment consists of 33 questions
and should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete and will
provide you with an understanding of what you need to put in place
thereby reducing your vulnerability to a terrorist attack. The
online assessment will also produce a report of recommendations. In
order to protect your business interest and commercial
sensitivities the report will only be available to the individual
user. The overall assessment result will be displayed without
showing numerical values but will assist you in prioritising where
you may need to make improvements. Following the initial launch
users will be able to view a business sector base line to see how
their assessments fair compared with other assessments within the
What VSAT will provide you with?
The VSAT will provide
you with: -
- Signposting to ‘Best Practice’
- A 12 months Business Continuity Management Tool
- Increased local engagement with Counter Terrorism Security
- Training opportunities and details of other Counter Terrorism
- A written assessment report with recommendations covering:
- Physical Security
- Personnel Security
- Information Security
- Good Housekeeping; and
- Risk Management
The Vulnerability Self Assessment Tool will provide a means for
you to identify and reduce the vulnerability to your establishment
and help protect our communities.
How do I Register?
You can register by contacting the Dorset Police CTSAs on telephone
number 01202 229322, or by completing
our online contact form, stating within the message that
you wish to register for the VSAT.
Once registered you will receive an e-mail from NaCTSO
instructing you how to logon.