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26 October 2017
 October 26, 2017
Skyguard feature in Police Oracle magazine

Skyguard Featured in Police Oracle

Will Murray, Director of Skyguard, was interviewed by Police Oracle magazine – the UK’s largest provider of police news – to discuss how MySOS personal alarms are being used to revolutionise the way police protect vulnerable individuals under their care.

The article discusses how the pocket-sized device has given a vital lifeline to over 6,000 individuals deemed at risk. Currently more than half of the countries’ police forces use MySOS, typically issuing units to victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse and those on witness protection programs.

On activation of the device’s SOS button, users are able to speak to a trained Controller who can provide assistance and contact the emergency services utilising a unique reference number which allows Skyguard faster police response than the 999 system.

Murray commented: “It really gives the victims reassurance and freedom. Police used to install fixed alarms in properties but the victims never had an alarm which they could carry on them. It gives vulnerable people more mobility and they know that if anything happens

23 October 2017
 October 23, 2017
Violent crime on the increase in England and Wales

ONS Figures Reveal Worrying Trend as Violent Crime Rises

The number of crimes recorded in England and Wales has risen by 13% according to official figures from the Office of National Statistics – the largest annual increase in a decade.

A reported 5.2 million incidents took place in the 12 months leading up to June 2017 compared to 4.6 million the previous year. The volume of crime recorded over the past few years appears to be following a worrying upward trend, with an increase of 5% in June 2014-15, followed by a 7% rise from June 2015-16.

Violent crime is also climbing with around 1.2 million incidents recorded – 19% higher than the year before. This figure encompasses a range of offences such as violence with injury, knife crime, harassment and stalking.
Some key statistics:

Gun and knife crime has increased by 27% and 26% respectively
‘Violence against the person’ resulting in injury is up by 19%
Stalking and harassment rose by 36%
The number of murders has risen by 8%

Should we worry about the reported rise in crime?
There is some debate about the

5 October 2017
 October 5, 2017
Send For Help Post Record Profit

Profits Reach Record High for Send For Help

Skyguard’s Parent Company, Send For Help Ltd has seen annual turnover break £8m for the first time – a rise of 30% on the previous year.

Send For Help, independently verified as the largest lone worker protection provider in the world show turnover this year hit £8m, up from £6.1m last year with profits of £2.4m — an increase of 121% on the previous year.

Organisations across all sectors and industries are turning to Skyguard as they seek ways to protect their employees using cutting edge mobile phone and satellite technology.

The business was founded in 2010 by brothers James and Will Murray. Their father, Jan Murray — the technology entrepreneur who founded PC World is the company’s President. Send For Help operates three subsidiary brands — Skyguard, Guardian24 and newly acquired Peoplesafe, which was added to the Group’s portfolio in May.

The Group protects more than 100,000 lone workers through the use of personal safety devices and mobile phone applications, all linked to a dedicated Alarm Receiving Centre manned 24 hours a day.

“We have seen demand

3 October 2017
 October 3, 2017
Health & Safety North 2017 Exhibition at EventCity Manchester

Join us at The Health and Safety North Exhibition

Next week Health and Safety North comes to Manchester with Skyguard exhibiting alongside a whole host of the safety industry’s leading names.

Due to popular demand, the show is to be held on the 10th and 11th of October at a brand-new location, EventCity, the second largest conference venue outside London. In its tenth year, the event promises to attract over 200 exhibitors and around 2,000 visitors through the door over the course of the two days.

With 36 hours of free conferences, seminars and an outstanding line up including 56 speakers, Health and Safety North is a must for health and safety practitioners looking to network, procure and learn more about best practice and the latest products available on the market.

Skyguard will be demonstrating a range of solutions designed to protect those working alone including our exclusive MySOS personal safety device and cutting-edge lone worker apps. For those seeking advice on how to manage lone working within their organisation and the best methods of protecting employees, our team will be ready to answer your

27 September 2017
 September 27, 2017
retail sector

The Retail Sector –How to Avoid Danger at the Workplace

Figures released from the Office for National Statistics Crime Survey 2016/17 revealed some alarming figures regarding the retail sector within the UK. According to the findings, in 2016, the retail sector experienced the highest level of crime, an estimated 5.2 million incidents within the year.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) statistics show that one shop worker is attacked or threatened every minute of the shopping day in the UK. Alongside verbal threats and violence that retail workers face, the survey revealed that in 2016/17 customer theft remained the most common type of crime, accounting for 75% of crime by incidents and 66% of the direct cost of retail crime (£438m).

Retail is considered a significantly large industry sector in the United Kingdom. Thus, there are many occupations that fall within this field. The retail industry employs around 3 million people across 300,000 outlets in the UK. At times retail workers can find themselves working alone during late hours. Although people may not instantly associate retail jobs with danger, quite often these workers hold responsibilities that can

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