Embassies, Consulates and High Commissions, as the representative offices of Governments overseas, have always required high levels of security, particularly in areas where terrorist cells and disaffected groups may operate.
This is particularly so for Governments with ongoing military operations or for whom activist groups wish to create change by violent means. Successful attacks or damage to an embassy are often seen as a symbolic act against that country.
Attacks on Embassies are a common occurrence often resulting in loss of life such as the American Embassy bombings of Tanzania, Kenya & Yemen, the Australian Embassy bombing in Jakarta and the Embassy sieges in the U.K., Sweden and Colombia, as well as violent demonstrations and attacks on Embassies in the Middle East, all of which demonstrate the international danger to Embassy staff and property.
Westminster has a wide portfolio of products and services for the protection of Embassies and Embassy staff including solutions for CCTV Surveillance both externally and internally of the buildings, Access Control & ID systems such as Advanced Door Locks, ID Scanners and Biometric Security; and Entry Control encompassing Turnstiles, Gates, Crash Proof Barriers and Bollards, X-Ray Baggage Scanners and Walk Through Metal Detectors to detect weapons and explosives, Intruder Detection systems can also be deployed to detect unauthorised access in secure areas.
Staff can monitor the surroundings of an Embassy using our Perimeter Surveillance systems, in which fencing can have fibre optic-based solutions to detect any attempt to cut or climb the fence this would be intergrated with the CCTV system to provide verification and tracking of the intruder.
Personnel can be protected with Staff Protection Systems including Staff Attack alarms, Armoured vehicles, and Ballistic & Blast-Proof Doors. In the event of a serious incident, Threat and Evacuation Systems allow staff to be safely removed from the area of danger; a range of Panic and Safe Rooms can be installed to provide protection when evacuation is not possible.
Blast Protection solutions help to protect the structure and occupants of the Embassy, whilst Anti-blast Film can protect people and property from flying glass, which is the cause of 90% of injuries from bomb-blasts.
Personal Tracking Systems allow staff to be monitored globally, so that in the event of their being taken hostage or attacked security staff can be alerted to their whereabouts immediately. Training programmes in Hostage and Kidnap Awareness help to minimise the chances of personnel putting themselves in situations where this is likely to happen.
As with all buildings, the risk of Fire in Embassies can be managed by Fire Prevention, Detection and Suppression systems. All of these solutions combined will help to ensure the safety of Embassy staff and property.