Archives September 2020

New partnership focusing on lone worker protection in York.

New partnership focusing on lone worker protection in York.

Ellie Steers – Brand Ambassador at Eboracum, Rebecca Pick – Founder at Pick Protection and Cameron Wright- Service Delivery Manager at Eboracum.

York’s Eboracum® is partnering with Pick Protection to bring a range of lone worker safety solutions to the city.

Award winning company Pick Protection was founded six years ago. After years of research and development it now boasts an impressive programme of services for lone worker monitoring. The synergy between Eboracum and Pick Protection is aligned in that they have a real passion to deliver services that are focussed around safety and security.

The solutions available include remote monitoring of lone workers, an app based SOS system, devices with simple “panic buttons” and the ability for staff to easily notify employers when they are going into a risky situation alone, triggering a time based response/call back system.

Rebecca Pick, founder of Pick Protection says

There are 3 key elements of a lone worker system. First is the device/application or method that is used to request help. Next is the online portal where all activity can be reviewed and tracked, and lastly the control room where assistance is arranged and deployed. Working with Eboracum, we can now provide a fourth element to this in York which is the actual response to the alert by trained & licensed operatives.”

Carl Nickson, Managing Director at Eboracum® said:

We love to work with like-minded organisations who have a genuine passion for safety and security. Lone worker protection services are something that we can now confidently promote and deliver in York due to Pick Protection’s innovative and flexible product range. I look forward to exploring how this can be expanded across the city and beyond for the benefit of both employers and employees.”

These solutions not only provide important protection to employees, but also provide employers with resources and tools to comply with the Health & Safety at Work Act.

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Eboracum secures new contract at Abode, York

Starting in September 2020, Eboracum® proudly provide a new student-focussed service at Abode, York.

The 500 bedroom Student Accommodation on Percy’s Lane in York receive a local, proactive and flexible security service.

With a careful balance between security and customer focus, Eboracum’s team members provide a visible and reassuring presence in and around the scheme.

This, coupled with rapid response to alarms/requests and remote CCTV monitoring ensures complete managed security services.

The Service is bespoke in that team members familiarise themselves with the scheme’s buildings, procedures and tenant needs to enable a prompt resolution when responding to requests ie. tenant losing a key and locked out, etc.

The scheme developer S Harrison also receive real time online reports so that they can be kept fully up to date and in the loop.

“Being chosen to work in in this client/supplier partnership with S Harrison is a real privilege for us. As a local York business we are grateful to be in a position where we can continue to adapt our services at Abode.”

Carl Nickson – Director at Eboracum®

S Harrison, developer of Abode, York was Founded in 1952 and is one of the
UK’s leading property and development businesses.

Eboracum’s CSAS staff join police to tackle anti-social cycling.

Eboracum’s CSAS staff join police to tackle anti-social cycling.

With York bustling again with summer tourists, private security company employees accredited with certain police powers are joining police officers to take action against cyclists who ride on pavements and in ‘footstreets’ in the city centre putting pedestrians at risk of harm. 

There had been many reports of ‘near misses’ and cyclists ‘racing’ in pedestrian-only designated areas as local shoppers and visitors returned after non-essential retail outlets reopened on 15 June following the easing of restrictions following the COVID-19 lockdown.

At the height of the lockdown the rules that prohibited cycling through York’s footstreets were not enforced so as to encourage people to exercise and to help with food deliveries. With the lockdown easing and visitors returning, those rules are being enforced and cover newly extended footstreets.

A team led by the York Business Improvement District (BID) was set up to tackle the problem. Part of this team included a York-based security company, Eboracum, whose employees work as Street Rangers on behalf of the BID. The Street Rangers were joined by regular police officers, police community support officers and council enforcement officers.

The first phase of operation involved cyclists being stopped to enable the rules to be explained. Now follow-up operations are being held at different times throughout the day without notice to ensure cyclists ride within the rules or face a penalty notice and fine.

Carl Alsop, BID operations manager, said that the BID took action after a series of complaints from businesses, members of the public and city centre hosts, about cycling in pedestrian areas. “Now those streets are busy again with residents, visitors and families, the problem has become more urgent.”

Carl explained that the BID is a big supporter of cyclists – having increased the available city centre bike storage by about ten per cent.

“However, for the good of all those who work, shop and socialise in York city centre, we need to make it clear to the small minority of riders who ignore the rules that their anti-social behaviour isn’t acceptable,” added Carl.

As part of other BID initiatives during lockdown, Street Rangers were involved in joint operations with police to carry out daily patrols to protect around 200 businesses that wanted to ensure their premises were protected whilst they remained empty. This service was extended with the Street Rangers adapting their long-established night-time bicycle patrols with police to deter burglars from targeting empty premises.

In addition, the Street Rangers locked and unlocked gates and carried out patrols at the Museum Gardens, Yorkshire Museum and York Observatory at the request of the York Museums Trust.

Since the Street Rangers were launched in 2016, they have helped to detect and deter thousands of crimes as well as support city businesses, provided support and reassurance to local residents and acted as city ambassadors to tourists every year.

Eboracum Managing Director, Carl Nickson, said: “Our Street Rangers are working closely with our partner organisations to help make York City Centre a safe place for residents, tourists and local businesses.”

Eboracum’s employees have been accredited with certain police powers by the Chief Constable of North Yorkshire under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS), a voluntary scheme, contained in Section 40 of the Police Reform Act 2002.

The role of assessing private sector companies seeking approval to run a CSAS scheme is carried out on behalf of the National Police Chiefs’ Council by Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (PCPI), a police-owned organisation that works on behalf of the Police Service throughout the UK to deliver a wide range of crime prevention initiatives.

PCPI carries out checks to establish whether companies are ‘fit and proper’ to exercise CSAS powers and then makes recommendations to Chief Constables in the area the scheme will operate.

It is Chief Constables in England and Wales who decide whether to accredit employed people already working in roles that contribute to maintaining and improving community safety with limited but targeted powers.

PCPI has assessed more than 120 private sector companies seeking to run a CSAS. The scheme significantly increases the number of businesses able to deliver services that reduce low level crime and disorder whilst assisting police by easing demands on their time and resources.

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