Figures released in the 2015 British Crime Survey include some alarming statistics based on Commercial Victimisation. According to the findings, the wholesale and retail sector is one of the worst hit, with an estimated 4,123,000 crimes against businesses within a 365 day period; equating to 41% of all retail organisations within the sector.
This poses the question as to whether our retail staff are safe when performing their everyday tasks? What protection, if any, is put in place to protect their wellbeing? Can it be argued whether it is safe for them to be on a shop floor, opening up, locking up and carrying cash alone?
According to a 2015 report published by USDAW (Union of Shop Distributive, and Allied Workers) over half of shop workers were verbally abused in the last year, with more than 10% on a weekly or daily basis. John Hannett, USDAW General Secretary states: “All too often shop workers encounter violence, threats and abuse for simply doing their job. There is the additional concern of Black Friday in November.”
An earlier USDAW report
For some, the approach of Halloween and Bonfire Night is one of the most thrilling times of the year – not so much so for the faint-hearted.
Amongst the excitement, it is important to ensure you remain safe. It may seem obvious to take precautions when putting on a firework display, but it’s always useful to refresh your memory- after all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Here are some tips courtesy of the Mail Online for a safe Bonfire night:
1) Never go back to a lit firework – even if it hasn’t gone off it could still explode.
2) Keep a bucket of water nearby.
3) Use a torch to read the instructions on the back of each firework – never a naked flame.
4) Light fireworks at arm’s length using a good quality lighter.
5) Ensure that your fireworks are appropriate for your garden size and are up to British standards. Just like Skyguard is accredited to BS 8484, make sure your