Ward Security champions personal safety initiatives in Kent and Berkshire

Posted On 03 Nov 2014
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National security provider Ward Security has launched a personal safety initiative with schools and businesses in Kent and Berkshire as part of its ongoing commitment to improving safety in the local communities where the company is operational.

The initiatives have coincided with the clocks going back and the end of Daylight Saving Time, and promote the importance of maintaining personal safety while people are walking to school or work during the darker nights.

Meadow Vale Primary School in Bracknell and Northborough Junior School in Maidstone both held an assembly as part of Ward Security’s specialised school safety initiative, the Walk to School ‘Be Safe’ Campaign, which included safety talks from Ward Security personnel to everyone at the school with the support of local Police Community Support Officers.

Children were informed of the importance of walking to school safely and provided with information leaflets and fluorescent ‘glow in the dark’ key rings to place on their school bags.

Police Community Support Officer Daemon Farry from Bracknell Police said:” Walking to school in the darker months can be a daunting and unnerving experience for young children. It’s really great to see a local company like Ward Security taking such an interest and proactively helping to promote awareness of the importance of walking safely when pupils are on their way to and from school. The school children were really engaged with the talk and the key ring giveaway will hopefully serve as a good reminder to them when they’re walking to and from school.”

Personal safety for business employees

Ward Security has also visited Brachers in Maidstone, Kent to promote the importance of personal safety. The company handed out free torches to employees at the law firm’s offices, as well as personal safety Best Practice guideline sheets to provide general reassurance for those members of staff making their way to and from the office as the nights draw in.

Denise Hooton, associate director of marketing at Ward Security, commented:” As a security company we are keen to ensure wherever we operate that we’re helping to promote safety awareness in the local community. The Walk to School ‘Be Safe’ Campaign and the Brachers torch giveaway events went extremely well. We hope the information provided goes some way towards reassuring and protecting children and adults as they travel to and from school and work.”

Joanna Worby, managing partner at Brachers, added:” We’re always concerned to ensure the safety of our staff and were delighted to work with Ward Security on helping to raise awareness of personal safety issues.”

The torch giveaway follows on from a number of initiatives created by Ward Security to improve personal safety awareness at a number of locations near their Bracknell and Manchester offices over the past year.

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