While the HOT protocol provides a useful starting point, it is not prescriptive. It is ultimately up to staff to use their judgement to decide whether an unattended item is suspicious or not.
Staff should seek immediate advice from their supervisor if they are unsure about whether an item is suspicious or not. If your supervisor deems the item suspicious, they should contact the police. At this stage, people should be moved away from the immediate vicinity.
If the police officer cannot clear the item as safe, then the situation will be elevated, through the deployment of specialised resources who are trained to deal with suspect packages.
Note: If the item is believed from the outset to pose an immediate threat to life, police advice will be to move people at least 100m away and to stay behind hard cover (brick or concrete).A larger area may have to be evacuated if the item is particularly large or associated with a vehicle.
Area 2 - rear of front seats (map pockets), under seats and foot wells;
Area 3 - boot/luggage/cargo area;
Area 4 - wheel arches; and
Area 5 - under the bonnet.
These areas should be checked visually to a standard sufficient to reasonably ensure that no prohibited articles are contained in the area or areas searched.
A record should be kept of the vehicles searched and those areas searched. It should also record details of any prohibited articles found.
Annex H - Glossary of terms
Active Shooter Scenario/Marauding Active Shooter
An attack using firearms, involving either a group or a lone shooter. (While the emphasis is on firearms it should not be assumed that attackers will not have access to knives and/or IEDs).
An enclosed structure provided for the storage of bicycles (whether singly or in bulk).
Device for the storage of bicycles that is of open construction and any bicycle placed in the rack is clearly visible.
A communication, anonymous or otherwise, which threatens people or property. This could involve an explosive hazard, or chemical, biological or radiological substances.
British Transport Police
Bulk Rubbish Container
A large, rigid container (including wheelie bins and skips) for storing and disposing of bagged and bulky waste items.
Closed Circuit Television
The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007
The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure is the Government authority that provides security advice to businesses and organisations across the national infrastructure.
Police Counter Terrorism Security Advisor. CTSAs offer provide advice and guidance on all aspects of counter terrorism protective security to operators, with BTP CTSAs able to offer you advice specifically tailored to the railway environment.
This relates to threat items of improvised or military origin. It covers explosive (high-explosive and incendiary), chemical, biological and radiological, threats.
Department for Transport
Police Designing Out Crime Officer
A benign item, material or received threat placed maliciously in such a way as to cause concern on the part of the finder / recipient. The term ‘hoax’ covers a range of scenarios, from overtly benign items placed in such a way as to attract staff / police interest (e.g., an empty cardboard box), to elaborate mechanisms designed to represent viable hazardous devices or materials.
Procedure devised by BTP and promoted by NaCTSO to assist in determining whether an unattended item is lost property or something more suspicious
Hostile Vehicle Mitigation
Improvised Explosive Device
Any item deposited by a member of the public at a storage facility provided at a station (whether or not it is provided by the owner or operator).