Security of the Individual

Date: 18.10.2018     Last updated: 22.11.2018 at 10.22
This Security Guideline provides measures to help mitigate the personal security threats to individuals in everyday life, including personal security, privacy, mail handling, travel security, cash handling, dealing with bomb and suicide threats, harassment and stalking.

Safeguarding Oneself

You can take the following security measures to help minimise the chances of you becoming a victim of crime.

Safeguarding Colleagues in The Workplace

The following are security measures you can take to help minimise the chances of colleagues in your workplace becoming victims of crime.

  • CoP 42: Control of Access - make sure your visitors to the workplace are collected in person from Reception services and escorted by a BBC ID Pass holder thereafter until they leave the premises 
  • CoP 43: BBC ID Card Policy - respectfully challenge all persons you see within BBC buildings who are not wearing a visible ID Card / Pass and know how to contact building security services if a problem arises
  • CoP 22: Telephone Bomb Threat Advice and Procedure - whilst aimed principally at switchboard and call centre operators, it is possible that any staff member could receive such a call and ought to know what to say and do as this could be the only warning given
  • CoP 23: Suicide Threats Received by the BBC - be aware of the actions to take should you receive a suicide threat, which could include the intent to threaten the safety of others.

Safeguarding Those in the Public Eye

Many jobs in the BBC place you in direct contact with members of the public (at events or shows, etc.) and in the huge majority of cases these will be viewed as a positive experience, presenting minimal security threats. However, some jobs, particularly in TV presenting, put individuals in the public eye and these 'celebrities' can attract public attention, some of which may be unwanted and even tip over into criminal activity.

Those who manage others who are in the public eye should ensure they are aware of the following: 

  • CoP 24: Stalkers and Harassment - if you or a work colleague could be the victim of harassment and/or stalking by a member of the public, this guidance advises you on what you can do about it
  • CoP 25: Dealing with Violence - if you are confronted by a member of the public, this guidance helps you identify if they are becoming hostile towards you and, if they are, what steps you can take to diffuse or avoid the situation.

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