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9 January 2012
 January 9, 2012
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Skyguard Awarded ‘Company of the Year’ by Best Practice UK Magazine

Skyguard is delighted to have been awarded Best Practice UK magazine’s ‘Company of the Year 2011’.

Describing the award, Best Practice “takes huge pleasure in dedicating the highly impressive and industry recognised Company of the Year feature to Skyguard.”

The reasons stated for awarding this accolade were given because of “their hard work and enthusiasm in offering a vast array of protection methods in order to assist vulnerable lone workers.” Best Practice also describes Skyguard’s personal safety alarms as “innovative” and “high quality”. Best Practice magazine has become well established in the Security and Health and Safety sectors and is read by nearly 20,000 industry experts on a regular basis.

Skyguard’s Marketing Director, Will Murray states, “With Best Practice magazine’s years of reporting experience in these sectors, we regard this award as further confirmation that Skyguard is the leading personal safety service for lone workers and those at risk in the UK and across Europe.” You can read the ‘Company of the

18 November 2011
 November 18, 2011
Stalking

Home Office Launches Consultation on Stalking Laws

On November 14, the Home Office launched an online consultation asking for views on how best to tackle this crime and provide protection for victims. The Government is asking whether specific offences of ‘stalking’ and ‘cyber stalking’ should be added to existing harassment laws and what training and guidance is needed for police and prosecutors.

The Home Office said that they are particularly interested in hearing from those with direct experience – victims, police and the courts.

Home Secretary Theresa May said, “I have been clear that ending violence against women and girls is a personal priority for me and this government.

“I am determined to ensure that victims of stalking have the protection and support they need. That’s why we are listening to victims and looking at the legislation to make sure we have got it right.

“We are also making sure that the police and law enforcement agencies understand clearly

8 November 2011
 November 8, 2011
NHS Assault and Attacks

Agreement Signed to Curb Violent Behaviour in the NHS

NHS Protect has signed a three-way agreement with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to curb violence and anti-social behaviour in the NHS. The Joint Working Agreement will promote and support local arrangements and seek to implement best practice.

Tackling violence and antisocial behaviour in the NHS will help the three organisations to develop closer working relationships and solutions at a local level, to target local issues. It will also enhance communication between them.

NHS Protect, ACPO and CPS agree that there is strong public interest in prosecuting those who assault NHS staff or commit offences that disrupt NHS services. NHS staff should not have to face violence and abuse at work. All parties will encourage individual police services, CPS areas and NHS bodies to seek the strongest possible action against offenders.

Richard Hampton, Head of Local Support and Development Services at NHS Protect, said today: “This welcome agreement ensures that the commitment made at the top of our three organisations is put into practice locally, so that we act together

3 November 2011
 November 3, 2011
Domestic Violence

One million Britons Experienced Workplace Violence in the Last Two Years

ONE million Britons experienced workplace violence in the last two years, according to new research carried out by Plymouth and Cardiff Universities.

The report; “Insight into ill-treatment in the workplace: patterns, causes and solutions”, is based on data from the British Workplace Behaviour Survey, gathered in 2008 from interviews by the market research company TNS Global.

Plymouth Business School and Cardiff’s School of Social Sciences analysed the results of face-to-face interviews with nearly 4,000 employees, representative of the British workforce.

They found 4.9 per cent had suffered violence in the workplace – the equivalent of more than one million workers – with 3.8 per cent injured. 22.3% of those interviewed said they were treated in a disrespectful or rude way.

The study shows that violence is a more regular feature of working life than previously thought. Assault was a daily experience for 13 per cent of those who reported violence. Most of the attackers came from outside the workplace, with 72 per cent of assailants being customers, clients or members of the public. Workers

8 September 2011
 September 8, 2011
BBC Visits Lone Worker ARC

Skyguard Features on BBC National News

Skyguard were privileged to be featured on the BBC 6 o’clock national news on Wednesday 7th September 2011 as part of a counter terror item from distinguished BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner OBE.

The BBC’s flagship news programme, typically broadcast to over 4 million viewers, briefly showcased our Incident Management Centre, The MySOS – the UK’s smallest personal safety device and how our service worked in the event of a kidnapping or assault.

Frank and his BBC crew were warmly welcomed by all and took a genuine interest in how Skyguard can aid those who find themselves in trouble. Frank and his team were particularly impressed at how our controllers track the device via GPS whilst keeping the Police informed at all times.

Referring to a kidnap situation, Frank Gardner summed up part of Skyguard’s service simply but effectively. “The alarm gets raised, the client gets tracked and the police are alerted.”

BBC’s Security Correspondent, Frank Gardner OBE, watches a demonstration of Skyguard’s service in action.

Skyguard’s Marketing Director, Will Murray and BBC Journalist

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