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3 May 2016
 May 3, 2016
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Animal Attacks – No Laughing Matter

The classic image of the dog chasing the postie can invoke whimsical and often humorous thoughts. It harks back to the days of the Beano or Dandy where the likes of Dennis the Menace’s dog, Gnasher would regularly torment visitors. These days, we’re more likely to laugh at videos on YouTube of Westies or Jack Russells tearing their way through the mail as it’s delivered.

However, with a rise in hospital admissions from dog attacks, often causing permanent disabling injuries, it’s no laughing matter.

According to official statistics, there has been a 76% rise in admissions over the past ten years in England. Last year alone, this equated to a staggering 7,227 incidents.

Lone working outreach nurses and postmen/women visiting people’s homes are prone to these attacks. Dave Joyce of the Communication Workers Union said: “Over 15,000 postal workers have been attacked by dogs over the last five years for simply doing their jobs.”

MPs also expressed their concern over dog attacks. Survey results revealed that politicians have faced similar assaults when

11 April 2016
 April 11, 2016
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1 in 8 Workers Face violence in the Workplace

According to research published by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in February 2016, one in eight people are victims of violence in the workplace. Employees reported being pushed or punched or even spat on. In more extreme cases, some victims reported being stabbed.

The findings revealed that the healthcare sector experienced the highest number of violent incidents with 22% of workers reporting an encounter. Some may question whether the reported number of assaults is misleading when taking in to account those that go unreported.

Results from the NHS staff survey in March 2016 revealed that 40% of Newcastle NHS employees did not report violence they experienced in 2015. In contrast, Jane Sayer, Director of Nursing at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust believes her Trust, amongst others, has an open and honest culture with incidents reported accordingly, “We always encourage our staff to be proactive in regards to reporting any incidents.” She later added “We also believe that a high rate of reported incidents is a positive thing. It represents a culture of openness where staff feel they can raise

1 March 2016
 March 1, 2016
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Four in Ten Paramedics Assaulted Last Year

Paramedics are our lifeline – first at the scene and first to help in a medical emergency.
However, shocking statistics revealed by The New Day newspaper found that 40 per cent or Ambulance crews are physically attacked by the public and nine in 10 are showing signs of becoming mentally ill.

The investigation uncovered a surge in violent attacks, soaring 999 calls, and burned-out paramedics fleeing the service. Research shows that Paramedics have a rate of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 5.5 times that of war veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Almost a quarter of ambulance staff have PTSD, according to research published in the British Medical Journal, compared to four per cent of army veterans.

Figures obtained by the newspaper show that violence on call-outs is increasingly commonplace.

Two-fifths of ambulance staff say they were violently attacked at least once in 2015, up from just over a third the year before. The figure is 62 per cent among the basic-trained emergency care assistants who work alongside paramedics, up from 46 per cent in 2014.


21 December 2015
 December 21, 2015
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Why Accreditation Is Key in Deciding on a Lone Worker Solution

This past week, The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) conducted an interview asking the question: When buying a lone worker service how can I be sure that the supplier has the most effective access to the Police?


Ken Meanwell, lead on Security Systems Policy at the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) led the way on confirming that “Only audited and accredited lone worker suppliers, complying with the NPCC policy are able to state on publicity literature that their service is ‘Police Compliant’”.


Full Police compliance comes with the British Standards BS 8484:2011 and BS 5979 as the core requirements to guarantee a level 1 Police response. The Alarm Receiving Centre based standard, BS 5979 has also been supplemented with the “adopted BS EN 50518, complimented by BS 8591.” Meanwell states that “The NPCC and the two auditing bodies, NSI and SSAIB, have confirmed that all three

3 December 2015
 December 3, 2015

Remaining Vigilant in Times of Uncertainty

In light of the recent horrific events in Paris and others around the world, it is imperative that we consider how to keep ourselves, our staff and our businesses safe. In general towns and cities across the UK are safe places to visit, however, it’s always sensible to take precaution especially in these times of uncertainty.

Here are Skyguard’s tips for remaining vigilant.

Never leave your bags or belongings unattended, they might be viewed as a security concern
Report any suspicious packages or behaviour to security staff or the Police. Prompt and detailed reporting can help prevent violent crimes or terrorist attacks. When reporting suspicious activity, try to give an accurate description as possible, including:


Brief description of the activity

Date, time and location

Physical appearance of anybody involved

Description of vehicles

Where they may have gone since leaving the area


It’s important to remember that you can report suspicious behaviour anonymously

Arrange a meeting point if you are travelling in a group, particularly with children in case you become separated
When carrying a bag

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