Security of the Individual

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.

Updated: 18 August 2020

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.

Security topics

  • Management of SecurityThis Security Guideline provides the framework of measures by which people and property at the BBC are to be protected against the risk of crime, including management responsibilities, security threat and response levels, security training, risk assessment and incident reporting.
  • Security on BBC PremisesThis Security Guideline provides measures to help mitigate the security threats associated with production activities on BBC premises, including access control, filming permits, VIP security, and that of studio guests, audiences and tours.
  • Corporate Security ManagementThis guide provides details of the overall management arrangements for corporate security at the BBC.
  • Security of Productions on LocationThis Security Guideline provides measures to help mitigate the security threats associated with production activities on location, including door-stepping, covert filming, working with crowds and public order issues.
  • Security of the IndividualThis 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.
  • Access Control of BBC BuildingsA guide to access control of BBC buildings.
  • Asset and Property SecurityA guide to asset and property security.
  • Buildings Security ArrangementsA guide to building security arrangements both at the BBC and externally.
  • Security of Data, Assets and EquipmentThis Security Guideline provides measures to help safeguard BBC data, assets and equipment from loss or unauthorised copying.
  • Building Security - Infrastructure and StandardsThis Security Guideline describes the physical measures required to protect BBC premises from external security threats.
  • Building Security - Facilities Management and GuardingThis Security Guideline describes the facilities management and guarding services that are required to protect our premises, and their occupants, from security threats.
  • Security Codes of Practice - Full ListCollation of BBC Security Codes of Practice (CoP)

Personal security topics

  • Security (Personal)Measures you can take to help protect yourself
  • Security (on Location)Advice for maintaining security on productions
  • Covert FilmingA guide to a genre of programmes which involve investigative journalism, surreptitious and covert filming or recording, creating potential personal security risks.
  • Courts of LawA guide to working in, outside or, around courts following a news story.
  • Demonstrations, Protests, and CrowdsBBC Safety has a whole host of safety guidance to assist teams when they are planning a deployment to a demonstration or protest.
  • Door-SteppingThe risks of obtaining an interview, or piece to camera, from a contributor without prior arrangement or agreement.
  • Harassment and StalkingGuideline to harassment and stalking, including internet / social media trolling.
  • Lone WorkingThis Guideline sets out the hazards and precautions to be considered when lone working, whether it is in the office, on location or overseas.
  • Violence and aggressionGuidance on dealing with violence and aggression

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