Personal safety is a big issue within society worldwide today. Here in the UK, our newspapers are brimming with stories about how unsafe are our streets, due to the increasing prevalence of knife crime. The statistics are horrifying when we are informed that (*1) between 2016 – 2018, there has been a reported 77% increase in homicides, carried out with knives by people aged under 18. Additionally, in 2018 the Ministry of Justice recorded around 21,484 knife and other offensive weapon offences, officially dealt with by the criminal justice system. Apparently, the figure in 2018 is disclosed as being the highest number since 2009. As if that announcement isn’t bad enough, in October 2019 (*2) the Office for National Statistics published a new record high with over 15,000 offences in one year. These data affect each one of us, since such crimes of violence happen usually unexpectedly and very quickly, so there is always the chance that you can innocently find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The latest figures from the (*2) Office for National Statistics on sexual violence in England and Wales portrays an equally dismal picture, as demonstrated below:-
We need to take into account that the above figures relate to reported offences, since according to (*3) The Guardian newspaper, the police watchdog has stated that in one UK Police Force alone (Lincolnshire Police Force) nearly 10,000 crimes, including violent crimes, sexual offences and domestic abuse, have gone unrecorded over one year. Obviously, these unrecorded crimes contribute to the concerns that many of us feel these days about personal safety, particularly when we are travelling.
Additionally, for those of you, who work in jobs where you meet the public, such as, in estate agencies and property lettings, there are many on-going and unresolved issues. So much so, that in September 2016, (*4) ComRes carried out a survey of 250 Estate Agents on behalf of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust. The survey’s objective was to find out to what extent the employees felt at risk, while at work in completing their buying, selling and managing properties’ activities. Apparently, one in five employees confirmed that they had felt unsafe, while performing a property viewing, and for females, the result was nearly one in three. These figures are astonishing and convey a real problem for Estate Agents that still remains unanswered.
By now, you may be wondering whether there is any good news at all. What we can say at Staff Defence is that our awareness of the concerns that people are feeling regarding how safe or unsafe they feel when they are “out and about”, whether at work or at home, is reflected in the Personal Safety Foundation Level course. This course is designed to help you acquire the confidence you need to deal with unexpected and challenging situations. The course is empowering and teaches you how to safely break away from an individual, who may be threatening you in some way. It is a course, which offers practical suggestions, which you can use, should you ever feel the need to do so. The course includes the following core topics, as below:-
Details of our Personal Safety Foundation Level course can be found at our website, so why not take a look, as below:-
Meanwhile, should you have any questions about the Personal Safety Foundation Level course or any other course on our website, you are most welcome to email or call us, as follows:-
T: 0203 997 7900
Although the subject matter of this Blog is not very uplifting, we do feel it is important to bring to your attention all of the facts, so that you can then make an informed decision regarding whether you and/or your employees should take advantage of reserving places on our course to better ensure your safety in every different location.
(*1) – https://www.safeglobal.co.uk
(*2) – https://www.ons.gov.uk