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17 April 2018
 April 17, 2018
Are you being stalked?

What Counts as Stalking and Are You Affected?

This week is National Stalking Awareness Week which takes place from 16th-20th April. The annual event aims to shine a spotlight on the issue, with this year’s theme focusing on reporting stalking.
What is stalking?
Stalking is when an individual inflicts a pattern of obsessive behavior towards somebody else, repeatedly intruding on their life and causing distress. This can typically include anything from sending unwanted messages and gifts to following a person in the street or turning up unannounced at their workplace.

Since 2012, stalking has been recognised as a criminal offence in the UK with the maximum prison sentence being 10 years. According to the Suzy Lamplugh Trust – who run the National Stalking Helpline – one in five women and one in ten men will experience stalking in their lifetime, with one million people in the country falling victim every year.
Types of stalkers
Stalkers fall into several categories. Around 80% of victims are stalked by someone they know, with 45% stalked by an ex-partner and 22% by an acquaintance. It’s rarer for a stalker not

10 April 2018
 April 10, 2018
Skyguard's parent company listed on Financial Times FT1000

Send For Help on Financial Times List of Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies

Our parent company, Send For Help — the largest lone worker protection firm in the world which makes key-fob sized GPS safety devices and smartphone apps — has been included in this year’s prestigious Financial Times “FT1000” list of Europe’s fastest growing companies.

The list comprises of the top 1000 companies in 31 countries across Europe that have achieved the highest percentage growth in revenues between 2013 and 2016.

Send For Help was ranked 625th on the list — one of just 158 other companies from the UK included — thanks to revenue growth of 254% between 2013-2016 and an annual turnover of £8m. Total staff numbers in 2016 stood at 70 — a rise of 34% over the same period.

The Epsom-based tech firm has a varied client roster across a large number of private and public sectors, including over 160 NHS trusts and major high street retailers, City banks and national pub chains, estate agents, the police and more than 150 local authorities.

“It has been a very busy year for Send For Help and to be featured

6 April 2018
 April 6, 2018
Walk to Work Day

12 Safety Tips When Walking to Work

Across the UK today, thousands of us will be encouraged to leave the car at home or ditch public transport and make our way into work on foot for National Walk to Work Day.

With lighter mornings and a promise of sunnier weather, the timing of this particular event could not be better. For those who choose to get involved, walking to work has many benefits. It’s not only kinder to the planet and good for our health, but also getting out in the fresh air first thing is a great way to start the day and avoid the usual stresses of commuting.

If you’re taking part, it’s important to be mindful of your safety especially those who may be doing a journey for the first time. We’ve rounded up some of our top personal safety tips to help you on your way.
Read these tips before you set out
1. Plan your route beforehand
You may not be familiar with the route if this differs from the way you’d drive. So check before you

4 April 2018
 April 4, 2018
Skyguard are exhibiting at Health & Safety NEC

See Skyguard at The Health and Safety Event

Next week Skyguard will be attending The Health and Safety Event at the NEC in Birmingham, providing the perfect opportunity for those interested in lone worker protection to see our innovative apps and devices in action.

Running from 10th-12th April, the event caters for health and safety professionals, promising to educate and inform as well as encouraging attendees to get involved and participate in debates, networking sessions and panel discussions.

This year sees the launch of the Lone Worker Theatre, a brand-new addition hosted by the Lone Worker Safety Expo team. It will feature speakers from across the industry exploring the challenges faced by lone workers, discussing best practice on assessing and managing risks.
Don’t Miss Our Exclusive Presentation
Our very own Mike Steere will be presenting in the Lone Worker Theatre, offering practical safety guidance for those who visit clients in their homes. Details are below:

Thursday 12th April – Personal Safety Advice When Visiting Clients – 10:50 – 11:20
We’ll be at Stand HS139
For more in-depth advice remember you can speak to our

26 March 2018
 March 26, 2018
medical

Protecting Employees with Medical Conditions

As you may already be aware, today is ‘Epilepsy Awareness Day 2018’, a whole day dedicated to spreading awareness of the medical condition faced by many.

This international day – celebrated on March 26th was originated in Canada in 2008 when a young girl with epilepsy wanted to get people talking about the condition and what sufferers face. In aid of the cause, people tend to organise charity fundraising events in order to raise money for both the diagnosis and treatment mechanisms of coping with epilepsy.

This type of movement pinpoints the importance of understanding medical conditions and the hardships that individuals can face on a daily basis. One way in which to protect those suffering with a medical condition like epilepsy is with the implementation of a personal safety device. Utilising a means of protection like a personal device can protect and enable someone who wouldn’t be able to work alone to do so.

Keeping in the spirit of the day, below are some elements of Skyguard’s MySOS device

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