LONDON — There have been threats of terrorism to the public here for decades. Here’s how some agencies and institutions cope.
This story first appeared in the June 11, 2002 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Harrods Department Store:
“We have an extremely high alert on security,” said a spokesman. “The store has been the center of three terrorist attacks so far, the most recent in 1993, where fortunately no one was hurt. There was an occasion in 1983 where 6 people died and 93 were injured. We have a security guard on every door and we have closed-circuit TV inside and out. It is our priority to make our customers feel safe, and although we have made no major changes in security since Sept. 11, it’s still of the highest standards that it’s always been. It has to be. It’s the unfortunate part of being Harrods and of being a place where an attack has occurred.”
The London Underground:
“We regularly update our security,” according to a spokesman. “There have been terrorist attacks in London since the Sixties. So for us, we’ve always been aware of the threat long before Sept. 11. We have very good relations with the Metropolitan police, the City of London police and the British Transport police. We have CCTV and we have no trash bins, so it’s not easy to plant a bomb. Instead, we have litter pickers. We have 17,000 staff members who are always present on the platforms, — this is rare, compared to Undergrounds in other cities. Our staff is fully trained at handling any such situation. They are always on high alert. Every carriage also has an alarm.”
The Victoria & Albert Museum:
“Following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the V&A followed the government’s lead by increasing its level of security,” said a spokesman. “Security was maintained at this level for a number of weeks and has since returned to a state of high vigilance in recognition of the heightened terrorist threat.”