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King Charles’ Coronation will be one of the UK’s biggest security operations of our time, easpecially for corporate security teams.
It’s expected that there will be more than 6,000 armed services personnel at the event, all deployed to ensure maximum security for leaders and heads of state from around the world who will arrive in London next week. That’s not to mention the number of Metropolitan police who will be on hand to maintain order and security among the public, too.
Like previous high-profile events such as the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and State Funeral, the King’s Coronation will present heightened risks and issues that your corporate security teams in London should consider ahead of the celebrations.
The UK’s police will be tightening up security efforts in anticipation of a range of potential risks – including terrorism and other activism that may disrupt the celebrations of the day. These will all be rehearsed, and all possible scenarios planned to the finest details.
Corporate security teams located at businesses in the City should therefore start thinking about the effects any risks could have in their business’ workplaces, too. Preparing now allows for the swift resolution of any security incidents that may occur.
A starting point would be to find out if your business will be affected by the various travel changes and road closures that will come into effect on the day. It could be that your business is near the event footprint, in which case it will be a good idea to have more manned guarding or outside surveillance to keep your office buildings safe from breaches.
Consider if you have enough capacity to deal with any security issues over the Coronation weekend.
It may be that your current security operation needs further support over such a busy period. After all, thousands of people will be attending the Coronation event and London will be busier than ever over the bank holiday weekend.
It might be a good idea to increase the number of security team members temporarily for additional support, or even to have them on call if needed.
As with all high-profile events, security professionals and your wider team in your workplace should remain vigilant and agile enough to identify and deal with any security risks that may arise.
Preparation is just one way to remain vigilant, but a wider education and awareness exercise for your staff on how to identify, prevent and deal with security threats, which will probably extend before and after the Coronation itself, can be equally as valuable as having additional feet on the ground.
Find out more about our corporate security operations, and how they can keep your business’ buildings, employees and visitors safe during the King’s Coronation and beyond here.