Tuesday 8th November 2022 is this year’s National Personal Safety Day, which will be focusing on harassment within the night-time economy.
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust recently undertook research in collaboration with YouGov which will contribute to a report released on 8th November. They will also be hosting a free, one-hour webinar, from 10-11am, where CEO Suky Bhaker will be presenting the findings of their report into the harassment of employees in the night-time economy. An exciting array of speakers will discuss this critical issue. The agenda and the sign-up link can be viewed here.
Police CPI’s Licensing SAVI Business Lead Mark Morgan said: “As a police-owned organisation, whose primary role is crime prevention, we are proud to play an active part in supporting measures that make women safer. That’s why we fully support the work of The Suzy Lamplugh Trust and are ourselves working tirelessly to support licensed premises to improve standards and interventions which influence safety and behaviours”.
Police CPI has a track record of crime prevention and keeping people and property safe since 1989. Police CPI’s latest initiative, launched on 4 March 2021, is Licensing Security & Vulnerability Initiative (Licensing SAVI), which seeks to provide safer and more secure bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants and hotels for staff, managers, customers and local communities.
Developed at the request of the Home Office, completion of the self-assessment can lead to Accreditation and an Award with a Star-Rating for display to show the efforts undertaken to enhance safety and security.
Licensing SAVI covers critical issues like responsible drinking, drugs misuse, violent behaviour and safeguarding vulnerable customers through to preventing opportunist theft and improving physical security, such as lighting and CCTV. It also covers spiking, an issue which has hit national headlines recently with a number of victims from around the country reporting being assaulted with needles.
Licensing SAVI supports the alcohol drinks industry and is backed by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC). As well as provide safer and more secure venues for managers, staff, customers, and local communities, it also seeks to reduce demand on Police Forces, NHS Ambulance Services and Accident & Emergency Departments.
Police CPI’s Secured by Design (SBD) initiative operates an accreditation scheme on behalf of the UK Police Service for products or services that have met recognised security standards. These products or services – which must be capable of deterring or preventing crime - are known as being of a ‘Police Preferred Specification’. There are many hundreds of companies who produce over 7000 individual attack resistant crime prevention products in more than 30 different categories – including personal safety - that have met the exacting Police Preferred Specification. SBD is the only way for companies to obtain police recognition for security-related products in the UK.
The Secured by Design Crime Prevention and Security Advice Hub contains personal safety guidance designed to help people travel, work, play and live safely and enjoy themselves whilst out. This advice can be viewed here.
Police CPI are also signatories of the Women’s Night Safety Charter, which seeks to make the capital a safe place where women feel ‘confident and welcome’ at night. The Women's Night Safety Charter is part of the Mayor of London’s Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy and is London’s commitment to the UN Women Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces global initiative.
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