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Tuesday 22 July 2014

Rape cases on the rise, take action!

In this past month we have read about several shocking rape cases. Every story has invoked a sense of outrage on how the innocent of all ages are being violated. The time has come for us to stand up against such heinous crimes and be the change we want to see in our society.

One small step is to review  security measures. Irrespective of whether it is a residence, factory, bank or  an office, an educational institution or any other place you frequent  do consider  and implement a few safety tips:

·          Get all your domestic staff and workers at your office police verified. If possible even get an additional background/antecedents check conducted.

·          If you are using a security agency, ensure that the agency is licensed to operate as per the PSAR Act 2005. The Act mandates that every guard has to receive a minimum of 160 hours of training before being deployed. Further each guard has to be police verified and paid laid down wages and statutory benefits. A well trained and compensated guard is more aware of his responsibilities and less like to take actions which may cost him his job.

·          Get a security and safety audit done for your premises to evaluate threat perceptions and risk. Among other things, this can be targeted to get women safely to and from work places. It can include access to and safety at various facilities and lighting arrangements.

·          As per the results of the audit, do consider installing necessary security equipment and surveillance cameras. Ensure that you have trained personnel to monitor your security equipment.

·          And lastly encourage everyone to follow commences security measures as awareness is the biggest deterrent to perpetrators.

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