19 Jul The best way to hide from marauding gunman
Last year (November 2014) Commuters were advised to ‘run, hide and tell’ in leaflet distributed by police who were warning them of Mumbai-style gun terror attacks at train stations in London. Police say the campaign is the result of an increased threat from fanatics. They say information from passengers has prevented previous plots and security services say they have foiled ‘marauding gun attacks’ in recent years. However, some commuters have criticised the leaflets as ‘scaremongering’. A new anti-terror bill was unveiled in a bid to stop radicalisation.
Police are taking to railway stations to tell passengers what to do in the event of a Mumbai-style terrorist attack at one of Britain’s busy terminals.
After government warnings that the threat to Britain from Islamist fanatics is ‘greater than ever’, officers handed out leaflets, telling the public to ‘Run, Hide and Tell’ if they are caught up in an attack.
The flyer, which has been attacked as ‘scaremongering’ by critics, shows images of worried-looking people running down flights of stairs, cowering in the dark and anxiously talking on their mobile phones.
The campaign comes as a sweeping package of measures to tackle the threat from homegrown extremists and those returning from fighting with ISIS are set to go before Parliament.
Launching the campaign, Chief Constable of British Transport Police (BTP) Paul Crowther said:
‘More than six million people travel on our railways every single day. For commuters, who make the same journey over and over again, it can be easy to become oblivious to their surroundings.
But I would urge them to remain alert, use their instinct and have the confidence to report anything that strikes them as out-of-place or suspicious.
Earlier this month, a man was sentenced for terrorism offences, after being caught in possession of information about how to make bombs.
‘This was as a direct result of a rail passenger reporting suspicions to train staff. We need others to follow suit and play their part in keeping the UK’s transport systems safe from terrorists.
The leaflets were handed out around the country today as part of Counter Terrorism Awareness Week.
But some have criticised the campaign, accusing the police of scaremongering and comparing the leaflets to the ‘duck and cover’ adverts of the early Cold War years.
I believe that the police are absolutely correct in their campaign so that people are forearmed and forewarned. After all, we live in a city that has already been attacked by terrorists many times and more recently the big 7/7 attack in London. I think that people should be taught other life-saving skills, such as dodging bullets whilst running and exposing their right side to fire (away from heart).
Also, I think that if everyone completed a one day Emergency First Aid course, they will know what do if they witnessed someone bleeding from a gunshot wound. Did you know that if you lose 30% of your blood you would die? Stopping bleeding is pretty simple really; just apply pressure to the wound with your fingers for approximately 10 minutes, so that the blood clots and stops further blood loss by itself.
The controversial leaflet is shown below and I think it is very useful and necessary as the only way to fight terrorism is to have the information to avoid it and evade it. If you are faced with it, knowing some basic First Aid skills can prevent death and a funeral to someone’s partner, friend or family member. Learn First Aid by signing up for a Persons Appointed One Day first Aid course, it is your duty to your fellow man.