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4 January 2018
 January 4, 2018
London Underground Aldgate

Commuting to Work by Train? Advice for Travelling Safely in Light of Rise in Assaults

The British Transport Police, who are responsible for the safety and security of the public on our railways, state that using trains is the safest form of travel in Britain. It’s how nearly 10% of us commute to and from work.

However, reported sexual offences on trains have more than doubled in the last five years according to statistics obtained by a recent Freedom of Information request.

British Transport Police report that 1,448 offences were reported in 2016-17, up from 650 in 2012-2013. The statistics, which covers the national rail network and London’s Underground system shows the majority of the incidents were sexual assaults on females aged 13 and above.

The report is consistent with data released by the BTP last year which saw “violence against the person” incidents had increased by 12.5 per cent year-on-year. In seven cases, the victim was killed.

The rise in reported assaults, particularly sexual offences doesn’t come as a surprise to some, citing it’s possibly a better awareness on how to report offences among

1 March 2016
 March 1, 2016
Ambulance Speeding

Four in Ten Paramedics Assaulted Last Year

Paramedics are our lifeline – first at the scene and first to help in a medical emergency.
However, shocking statistics revealed by The New Day newspaper found that 40 per cent or Ambulance crews are physically attacked by the public and nine in 10 are showing signs of becoming mentally ill.

The investigation uncovered a surge in violent attacks, soaring 999 calls, and burned-out paramedics fleeing the service. Research shows that Paramedics have a rate of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 5.5 times that of war veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Almost a quarter of ambulance staff have PTSD, according to research published in the British Medical Journal, compared to four per cent of army veterans.

Figures obtained by the newspaper show that violence on call-outs is increasingly commonplace.

Two-fifths of ambulance staff say they were violently attacked at least once in 2015, up from just over a third the year before. The figure is 62 per cent among the basic-trained emergency care assistants who work alongside paramedics, up from 46 per cent in 2014.

Overall

9 October 2014
 October 9, 2014
Door to Door

12 Personal Safety Tips for Estate Agents

This past week marked 2014’s National Personal Safety Day, organised by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, and is an annual event aimed at highlighting some of the simple, practical solutions that everyone can use to help avoid violence and aggression in today’s society.

Suzy Lamplugh Trust was founded in 1986 following the disappearance of the young estate agent. The aim of the Trust is to raise awareness of the importance of personal safety and to help people to avoid violence and aggression and live safer, more confident lives.

This year’s theme – ‘Door 2 Door’ looked at the personal safety issues in your journey from departure to arrival. The campaign included awareness posters and messages (pictured – click for a larger view) as well as a host of personal safety leaflets available to download and keep.

We’ve chosen to highlight the leaflet ‘Personal Safety for Estate Agents

15 September 2014
 September 15, 2014
Public workers suffering increase in assaults

Government Report Highlights Increase in Assaults on Public Workers

Nearly 30,000 London frontline workers have been attacked whilst on duty in the last three years, a new report has revealed.

This equates to about 190 attacks every week on workers including NHS workers, London Underground and train staff, bus and cab drivers, according to the report published by the Greater London Authority (GLA) Conservatives.

A total of 29,679 frontline workers in the capital have been attacked while on duty in the past three years. They were punched, kicked, scratched, threatened and spat on while doing their job.

Victims include 4,017 London Ambulance Service (LAS) workers, 7,435 London Underground employees, and 3,719 train staff, while on average five London bus drivers are assaulted every day. Violent attacks on ambulance staff rose 23 per cent in the past year.

Risky Business: Protecting front line workers from attack whilst

16 December 2013
 December 16, 2013
Assaults on NHS staff rise

Physical Assaults on NHS Staff Rise by 6%

Reported assaults against frontline NHS staff have risen by 6% in the last year according to new figures released by NHS Protect.

The statistics, collated from 341 health bodies across England show a rise of total reported assaults from 59,744 in 2011/12 to 63,199 in 2012/13 – an increase of 5.8%. What’s more, the figures show a dramatic 16% increase in the number of criminal sanctions taken in the wake of reported attacks. However, NHS Protect state that employers and staff can do more to bring perpetrators to prosecution.

The figures add up to an assault rate of 2.1% of staff in the acute sector, 3.9% in ambulance services, and over one in five (21%) in mental health services. Alarmingly, the figures equate to more than 173 physical assaults on NHS workers every day.

NHS Protect urges health bodies to take advantage of the joint working agreement with the Association of Chief Police Officers and