Become a Guardian against Crime for Your Employees on National Crime Prevention Month

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October is National Crime Prevention Month and GuardianMPS is urging employers to consider the personal safety of their employees. Every year approximately 2 million employees are victims of crime while at work and the risk is heightened for those who work alone or mobile workers who may have to carry out work outside of their office.

Henry Woods, CEO GuardianMPS explains “It is crucial for employers to identify personal safety concerns and issues for their employees. Organizations have a duty of care and are responsible for ensuring that employees are as safe as possible while carrying out their work.”
One way of identifying personal safety concerns of staff is to carry out research into employees’ concerns and identify what can be done to minimize their likelihood of falling victim to crime. This can include asking staff for feedback on issues including experiences of violence or verbal abuse while at work, times when staff have felt at risk and any concerns they have regarding their personal safety.

It is also crucial that employees proactively examine their own policies. Organizations should consider how they report and monitor incidents of violence, emergency contacts for staff and access to panic buttons. There should also be procedures for checking on staff who do not return on time after carrying out work outside of the office.

Any failures to protect staff from crime can have disastrous consequences for both the employee and the employer so this October, identify the risks faced by staff and take action to prevent them!

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