Improved safety for housing staff

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Dinnington-based Lone worker security specialist Connexion2 is helping employees at Vale of Aylesbury Housing to improve their safety.

The social landlord, which manages more than 7,000 tenanted homes and 607 leasehold homes, with a total of more than 16,000 residents, has become the first in the country to adopt Connexion2’s next generation Identicom device.

The device looks like a normal name badge, but incorporates mobile communications technology to enable staff working on their own to raise an alarm if they are threatened.

The badge transmits a signal which tells security staff exactly where the worker is and allows them to listen in and record what is happening with such clarity that it can be used in the courts in evidence. The lanyard on which the badge is worn incorporates an alarm which is automatically triggered if anyone tries to tear the badge off.

A total of 130 Identicom devices are being used by a range of staff including letting, rents, welfare and the facilities teams.