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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

2 November 2017
 November 2, 2017
food bans

Has the rise of Food Banks in Britain led to more vulnerable workers?

Food banks have become a controversial topic ever since their usage increased rapidly after the recession.  Some would argue that food banks are a giving service offering help to those in need. Contrasting views however, have caused a stir as some would question the high demand for food banks in the UK and argue that their purpose is being abused.

The Guardian recently revealed that there are at least 2,000 food banks operating in the UK, handing out emergency food parcels on a weekly basis to people in hardship. Furthermore, the number of people using food banks in the UK has risen by seven percent in the last year highlighting the increasing issue of food poverty.

Volunteers working for charities act as the driving force of their organisations. Without them, food banks simply wouldn’t function. According to the Belfast Telegraph “Food bank volunteers put in a staggering 4.1 million hours of unpaid work every year distributing food, fundraising and other duties”.

Like most charity workers, those working in food banks have to accommodate very vulnerable people, which

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

8 September 2017
 September 8, 2017
online abuse

Online Abuse. As Serious as Face to Face?

Due to the rise of social media platforms within recent years, there has been a rapid increase in online abuse that people are receiving on a daily basis. Within the past few weeks, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have told prosecutors in England and Wales that online hate crimes should be treated as seriously as face to face abuse.

Following public concern about the increasing amount of racist, homophobic and anti-religious attacks on social media, the CPS felt no choice in the matter and therefore pushed for this new legislation to be passed.  This included revised legal documents with guidance for prosecutors on how they should make decisions on criminal charges. The rules of this new regulation officially put online abuse on the same level as offline hate crimes. We ask; should these two criminal offences be treated the same?

The legal enforcement was initially sparked after Seyi Akiwowo, a councillor in the London borough of Newham who was targeted by racist ‘trolls’ online after giving a speech regarding refugees. She and other councilors were shocked at the level

5 July 2017
 July 5, 2017
Using Snap Map safely

Can Snapchat’s New Snap Map Feature Help Keep You Safe?

Popular photo messaging app, Snapchat has recently launched a brand-new feature, Snap Map, that lets users share their location with friends and online contacts. Although many have raised obvious privacy and security concerns surrounding this, could Snap Map actually help to make its users safer?
What is Snap Map and how does it work?
Firstly, let’s take a look in more detail at what Snap Map does. Users can mark where they are on a map and post videos from their location to show their friends what they’re up to. The idea is that people can see what their friends are doing so they can keep in touch and meet up.

Of course, the flipside to this that people may not want others, or certain individuals to see where they are and turn up unexpectedly. It’s not hard to imagine the difficult scenarios this could create socially, but much worse is what could happen if this information fell into the hands of someone who wanted to do harm.
Safety issues associated with sharing location information online

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