According to a former Minister of State for Security and Counter Terrorism we shouldn’t be using our phones or listening to headphones while out and about.
Baroness Neville-Jones said in a recent interview that people should be more alert to their surroundings while commuting, after recent terror threats across Europe.
She said people need to start getting used to the disruption to their lives that will result from counter-terrorism operations and security scares, The Independent reports.
Baroness Neville-Jones told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:
I think being alert is very important. I am alarmed by the number of people I see wandering along the street entirely engaged in their mobile telephones and with their ears plugged into music and they are not aware of their surroundings.
You need to be aware of your surroundings. You do have to take some personal responsibility.
Her warning came after the recent terror threat in Germany over New Year, when two railway stations had to close for security reasons.
And the former Home Office minister thinks situations like this could well become normal in the United Kingdom as well.
I do think we are going to have to get used to what we have seen yesterday in Germany – that is to say alerts which close places of public functions, and higher levels of security in big public gatherings.
That is prudence and proper caution on the part of intelligence and the police authorities.