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Impact of September 11th on the UK Business Community

NCJ Number
Crime Prevention and Community Safety: An International Journal Volume: 5 Issue: 2 Dated: 2003 Pages: 49-59
Bruce George; Mark Button; Natalie Whatford
Date Published
11 pages
This article discusses the impact of the events of September 11, 2001, and the “new terrorism” on the business community in the United Kingdom.
Describing the events of September 11, 2001, as a new form of terrorism, the articles explains that these acts inflicted mass causalities on innocent civilians, demonstrated a willingness on the part of the perpetrators to kill themselves, added an increased threat of the use of weapons of mass destruction, and demonstrated the pursuit of radical, non-negotiable objectives. Discussing the United Kingdom’s response to the attacks of September 11, 2001 as active participation in the war against terror, the article examines the United Kingdom’s business community’s response to the new terrorism. The article suggests that the business community has responded to the events of September 11, 2001, by implementing new security strategies, by increasing security budgets, by reviewing business continuity plans, by increasing business insurance, by reviewing overseas staff members, by developing new partnerships, by demanding greater access to intelligence, and by tackling a culture of complacency. Because business organizations are a primary target of the new terrorism, businesses in the United Kingdom are examining ways to maximize the effectiveness of their anti-terrorism protocols. Notes