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14 August 2013
 August 14, 2013
National Personal Safety Day

National Personal Safety Day

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.

26 June 2013
 June 26, 2013
Taxi

Top 15 Tips for Safely Using a Taxi

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

17 May 2013
 May 17, 2013
NSI Accreditations

Skyguard Awarded Certification for Updated Lone Worker Standard

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

19 April 2013
 April 19, 2013
Risks of social care lone working

The Risks of Social Care Lone Working

Seven years ago, Psychology student Ashleigh Ewing was delivering a letter on behalf of a colleague to a client. Ashleigh was six months into her new job – a mental health support worker, after graduating from University.

Ashleigh visited the flat of Ronald Dixon, a client diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and a had a violent history. Ashleigh was stabbed thirty-nine times in a frenzied knife attack and died as a result of the brutal assault. She was twenty-two years old.

Dixon was detained indefinitely in 2007 after admitting manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

An inquest into her death was raised in 2011. It heavily criticised her employer for failing to conduct a risk assessment on Mr Dixon for over three years, and for sending Ashleigh alone to his home. The charity was fined £50,000 for these failures.

Ashleigh’s parents, Aileen and Jeff Ewing, demanded to know why she was asked to

25 March 2013
 March 25, 2013
Skyguard lone working alarms

Europe’s Smallest Personal Alarm Awarded Police ‘Secured by Design’ Accreditation

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

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