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17 October 2018
 October 17, 2018
Lone Worker Tech Saves Taxpayer £60m

Lone Worker Industry Saves Taxpayers Over £60m

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has reported that an increase in organisations using accredited lone worker devices is reducing unnecessary police call outs to false alarms, resulting in an estimated £60m of savings over the past 12 months.

Taking the Metropolitan Police Service as an example, responding to a false alarm typically costs taxpayers around £150. The use of BS 8484 accredited systems enables ARCs to filter out the majority of false alarms; ARC Controllers only pass on those incidents that genuinely require a police response and do so using Unique Reference Numbers, which provide a direct link to police control rooms.

This not only saves valuable police resources and taxpayer’s money, but also enables an effective response to potentially life-threatening situations.

Chairman of the BSIA’s Lone Worker Section, Will Murray of Send For Help Group spoke of the importance of BS 8484 accredited lone worker systems in improving efficiency and cost savings.

Will explains: “At a time when security concerns, health and safety and police budget cuts are prevalent, the use of BS 8484 accredited

8 October 2018
 October 8, 2018
Skyguard featured in best-selling nursing journal

Skyguard’s Lone Worker Devices Featured in Nursing Standard

Skyguard’s parent company, Send For Help, have been featured by the UK’s best-selling nursing journal, Nursing Standard, in a piece highlighting how recent legislation changes are only the first step in protecting NHS staff from violence.

In light of The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill coming into effect in England and Wales next month, the article discusses the measures that should be adopted to safeguard vulnerable NHS workers, especially those working by themselves.

An investigation undertaken by Nursing Standard revealed that there were 1,544 assaults against nursing staff working alone in England between 2015-17.

Director, Will Murray, is quoted on his view that personal safety devices should be part of a standard kit for lone workers:

He says, ‘In the same way that someone who works on a construction site isn’t allowed on a building site unless they’ve got a hard hat, high-vis vest and steel-cap boots, we consider high-risk individuals should carry a personal safety device.’

Currently Send For Help provide lone worker safety services to over

28 September 2018
 September 28, 2018
Advice for Travelling at Night

Infographic: Personal Safety at Night

As the days get shorter it’s important to think about your personal safety when you’re out and about.

At this time of year we’re starting to see the effect of the changing seasons on our journeys to and from work in particular, with many of us noticing the darker mornings and shorter evenings.

We’ve produced a quick reference guide with some top safety tips that you should bear in mind when travelling at night.

 
1. Let People Know Where You Are
Before you go out tell someone where you are planning to go and roughly when you expect to come back.
2. Avoid Walking Alone
Remember there is safety in numbers, so if possible try to stay with a group of friends.
3. Be Confident and Alert
Walk with purpose and be aware of what is going on around you at all times. Don’t wear earphones.
4. Keep Expensive Items Out of Sight
Valuable items such as mobile phones or jewellery can make you a target for thieves, make sure these are safely tucked

14 September 2018
 September 14, 2018
Health and Safety North 2018 - Visit Skyguard Stand E42

See the Latest Innovations in Lone Worker Safety at Health & Safety North

Join Skyguard next month at Health & Safety North as we exhibit the latest innovations in lone worker safety.

From 9th-10th October we’ll be in Manchester demonstrating our range of lone worker safety apps and devices, providing specialist advice and giving you the opportunity to sign up for a free 30-day trial.
When and Where is it?
Health and Safety North is located at EventCity in Manchester on 9th-10th October.

Doors open at 9am, here’s how to get there.
Why Attend?
The exhibition has been specially developed for health and safety professionals from businesses throughout the north and beyond. It provides a platform for the safety community to come together and share ideas, through networking sessions, debates, Q&As and interactive panel discussions.

With 200 exhibitors and 36 hours of free specially-selected content from 56 industry speakers – there’s plenty on offer over the course of the two-day event.
Don’t Forget to Visit us at Stand

22 August 2018
 August 22, 2018
Should the UK introduce emergency text alerts

Should the UK use Mobile Alert Systems?

On a Friday evening in the run up to Christmas 2017, panic spread through one of London’s busiest shopping areas, Oxford Street, as rumours of a terror alert began circling on social media.

Amongst the chaos that ensued, singer Olly Murs became an unlikely source of public safety information, telling his 7 million Twitter followers that gunshots had been heard in department store Selfridges.

Some time later Police confirmed the incident to be false, having reportedly originated from an altercation between two men at a nearby tube station. However, by this time it was too late. Scenes of mass-hysteria were described as armed officers evacuated the area, with screaming crowds ‘running for their lives’ resulting in a stampede which injured several people.

This case quite clearly highlights the importance of controlling the misinformation that can circulate in these situations, especially on social media.
What are mobile alert systems?
One possible way to do this is using mobile alert systems, which in the event of a real emergency can disseminate safety information quickly to a mass audience straight to

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