This week the Security Industry Authority have launched their latest campaign to improve safety for all those involved in nights out. This will involve giving security guards safer ways to restrain those of whom are causing a problem; the hope is that the campaign will tackle both the unsafe working conditions for security guards and ensuring that the guards are following the right protocol when dealing with a situation.
The organisation will also be visiting nightlife locations, like clubs and pubs where security guards have been employed to meet them and to encourage them to report any abuse or assault that they experience on the job. If you are a security guard, you should not believe that it is acceptable to be attacked while you are working simply because you are a guard, all of the same laws apply, and with 70% of security staff having been assaulted physically while on the job*, and 44% of those needing to receive hospital treatment due to the assault*, it is important now more than ever to know your rights as a guard and report any unlawful behaviour.
If, however, you are on a night out (and are not security staff) you should be mindful that security guards are trying to do their job and keep people safe so that everyone can enjoy their night.
Below you will find our advice on staying safe while you are out during the night.
*according to the Security Industry Authority