National Personal Safety Day is an annual event aimed at raising awareness of the simple, practical solutions that everyone can use to help avoid violence and aggression in today’s society. It’s about helping people live safer, more confident lives.
This year, the awareness day takes place on 14th October and the main StreetsAhead campaign aims to give people some practical tips which will help improve their safety when out and about on the streets.
For all the details of how you can be involved and how to order campaign resources, visit the new National Personal Safety Day website.
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust – a charity that raises awareness of personal safety in the face of violence, stalking and aggression, has long campaigned for better licensing and operating of private hire vehicles (minicabs to you and me).
Every year, hundreds of crimes, including assaults and rapes are linked to illegal and unlicensed mini-cab drivers.
Using a taxi is supposed to give you a degree of protection as vehicles and drivers must meet suitability criteria, including local minimum standards for vehicles and a criminal record and health checks for drivers, before they are licensed by the relevant local authority.
However, even with more stringent measures and enhanced checks on drivers in place, it’s still prudent to make sure you’re safe before embarking on a journey in a minicab. Here’s our top tips for staying safe when booking a minicab.
Always try to pre-book your taxi in advance with a company you know
Back in February this year, Skyguard were awarded the updated BS 8484: 2011 certification – the code of practice for the provision of lone worker device services. Skyguard’s service has been audited and approved against the original BS 8484 standard since 2010, but in early 2013, became one of the first suppliers to be successfully audited against the new regulations.
The new 2011 standard includes increased security in storing personal data, ensuring sensitive information is protected within set measures.
The new certification was granted after a thorough and demanding evaluation of Skyguard’s services by the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) – only one of two organisations with the authority to grant the award.
BS 8484 First
In January 2010, Skyguard became the first company to be approved to BS 8484, which was created to ensure lone worker service providers met certain standards and key criteria of which they could be judged upon.
BS 8484 is made up
Skyguard – Europe’s premier personal safety service for lone workers and those at risk has been awarded the prestigious ‘Secured by Design’ accreditation for its innovative MySOS personal safety device.
The MySOS, exclusively developed by Skyguard, has met the extremely stringent specifications set by Secured by Design – the official UK initiative created by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) that supports the principles of ‘designing out crime’ through the use of high-quality innovative products and processes. The MySOS is now externally approved to BS 8484: The standard for lone worker device services and can now carry the ‘Police Preferred Specification’ status which guarantees national Police approval of its use.
The MySOS – Europe’s smallest personal safety device joins Skyguard’s GEMshield rugged lone worker alarm in achieving the coveted award. The ‘Police Preferred Specification’ provides