Safety first at Arlington Square Business Park
Published: 2 Nov 2013 12:300 comments
Staff working in Arlington Square Business Park, in Downshire Way, were reminded about their personal safety before the clocks went back on Sunday – as they might now travel to and from work in the dark.
The initiative was organised by Ward Security, which handed-out free torches to workers as well as tip sheets on how to stay safe as the nights draw in.
The event was supported by Thames Valley Police; PCSO Wendy Wiley, who covers Martins Heron and Harmans Water, was also on hand to offer advice.
Sergeant Lorna Rivett, from Thames Valley Police, said: “Getting around in the dark can cause some people to feel anguish and a heightened sense of vulnerability.
“It is great to see a local company like Ward Security take proactive measures to help alleviate that anxiety by providing free torches and promote awareness of the simple, practical steps that people can take to help reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime.”
The torch give-away follows other initiatives created by the company to increase security at its offices around England.
Last year, the firm launched a free Park Watch scheme near its Kent offices, which provides the commercial property equivalent of Neighbourhood Watch, with tenants sharing information about safety and security. It plans to launch a similar scheme near its Bracknell base next month.
Rachael Bannister, associate director of operations at Ward Security, said: “As security experts, we want to do all that we can to demonstrate our commitment to providing safe and secure working environments by helping our own neighbours keep safe
“Anxieties, especially about personal security, can be exacerbated during the lengthening nights of autumn and winter.
“We hope the free torches and our advice sheets will go some way to reassuring workers that Arlington Square Business Park is a safe place to work.”