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14 April 2011
 April 14, 2011
Scottish Soroptomists

Skyguard Supports Scottish Soroptimist Fundraising Event

To mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, Scottish Soroptimists launched the Tartan Ribbon Fund at Airth Castle, Falkirk on 20th March.

The fundraising lunch was organised by Soroptimists Brenda Kay and Janice Wilson, to increase awareness of violence against women and raise funds for Scottish Police Forces, to enable them to buy Skyguard personal safety alarms for women at risk from abuse.

Guest speakers at event included Rhoda Grant MSP, who introduced the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill at Holyrood; Assistant Chief Constable Angela Wilson from Tayside Police; and Patrick Dealtry, co-founder of Skyguard Ltd.

Asst Chief Constable Angela Wilson told the audience that most incidents of domestic abuse still go unreported and of those that are reported the victims often experience up to 37 assaults before turning to the authorities. She said, “Many of the incidents of abuse result in the most appalling acts of violence….Most distressingly of all is the fact that in most of these domestic incidents children often witness or are victims of the abuse

13 April 2011
 April 13, 2011
Domestic Abuse Victim

DPP Calls for More Protection for Domestic Violence Victims in the Home

Women in England and Wales are still more at risk of crime in their own homes than anywhere else, the Director of Public Prosecutions said in a speech today entitled ‘Domestic Violence: the facts, the issues, the future’.

Speaking at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) headquarters in central London, Keir Starmer QC said domestic violence is a “serious and pernicious” form of crime and that while much progress has been made in prosecuting offenders in recent years, police and prosecutors must do more to tackle it. Recent statistics show that nearly one million women are abused every year, two are killed every week by partners or ex-partners and more than half of all victims of serious sexual assaults have been attacked by partners or ex-partners.

Figures also show that young women between the ages of 16 and 19 are the most at risk of domestic abuse (12.7% according to the British Crime Survey). Mr Starmer said: “What that tends to show is that there may be a next generation of domestic violence

7 April 2011
 April 7, 2011
MySOS Fall Alarm

Skyguard Showcases UK’s Smallest Safety Device

Skyguard has announced it will showcase the UK’s smallest personal safety and tracking device at the 2011 Safety and Health Expo, held at Birmingham’s NEC between 17th and 19th May.

The “MySOS” key-fob sized device developed by Skyguard, weighs just 40 grams and is small enough to be conveniently and discretely worn as a pendant, or attached to a bunch of keys.

Certified to the code of practice for the provision of lone worker device services (BS 8484), the MySOS uses GPS and GPRS technologies to transmit it’s location to Skyguard’s Incident Management Centre (IMC) – the first single purpose Alarm Receiving Centre in the UK to be certified to the highest industry standards; BS 8484, BS 5979 (Cat II), and ISO 9001.

To initiate an alarm the user simply presses the SOS button, and within seconds the device will connect to Skyguard’s

17 February 2011
 February 17, 2011
Corporate manslaughter act

Geologist Death Results in First Corporate Manslaughter Conviction

Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings has today become the first company to be convicted of the new offence of corporate manslaughter.

Alex Wright was 27-years-old when he died on 5 September 2008. He was a geologist for Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings and was investigating soil conditions in a deep trench on a development plot in Stroud when it collapsed and killed him.

Kate Leonard, reviewing lawyer from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Special Crime Division, said:

“Alex Wright was a young man, full of promise. His death is a tragedy for all those who loved him and would never have happened if Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings had properly protected him.

“I hope that this conviction offers his family some sense of justice. I send them my sincere condolences once again.”

The CPS told the court that Mr Wright was left working alone in the 3.5 metre-deep trench to ‘finish-up’ when the company director left for the day. The two people who owned the development plot decided to stay

27 January 2011
 January 27, 2011
Edinburgh student with Skyguard device

Skyguard Helps Special Needs Pupils Travel to School

Skyguard has been working with the City of Edinburgh Council to develop a pioneering new initiative which has led to a special needs pupil becoming the first in the UK to travel to school on his own, by using Skyguard’s GEMshield personal safety alarm.

Craig Nibloe, from Pilrig Park School, spent five weeks using Skyguard’s GPS device as he got the bus from his home to school.

He can now travel independently without the need for school transport, which allows him to have the opportunity to go to college to complete further education courses.

The City of Edinburgh Council has become the first local authority in the UK to train special needs pupils to use a personal safety service. Skyguard’s service is more commonly used by Councils and businesses to protect lone workers and ‘at-risk’ individuals, as well as Police forces who issue the devices to the highly vulnerable such as domestic violence victims. The success of the initiative could lead to other special needs schools in the UK

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