Christmas is coming, and pubs and clubs will soon be full of Christmas get-togethers, office parties, and people celebrating the arrival of the holidays. It s also a time when some people can find themselves in a dangerous situation, either inside a venue or out on the streets, and need extra protection. Door supervisors can make a big difference to the outcome of a night out by intervening to assist a vulnerable person in trouble, and helping them to make it home safe. We want to reinforce some of the key messages from our SIA-mandated door supervisor training, and emphasise the importance of safeguarding vulnerable people in the night time economy.
How can a door supervisor can help to keep vulnerable people safe?
Recognise the risks to vulnerable people being ejected from, or refused entry to a venue:
- Being under the influence of drink or drugs
- Being assaulted
- Being alone
- Receiving unwanted attention
- Domestic violence
- Being too young to look after themselves
- Becoming the target of a sexual predator
What actions can be taken by a door supervisor to protect vulnerable people?
- Call a friend or relative to assist them
- Call a licensed taxi to take them home
- Use a safe haven
- Ask street pastors or street marshals to assist
- Call the police
Can you recognise behaviours that could indicate potential sexual predators? These often include:
- A lone male seen pestering a customer or member of staff
- A heavily intoxicated female leaving with a male
- A regular attendee frequently leaving with different intoxicated females
- Finding a date-rape type drug on a person during a search
- The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001.
The SIA’s main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.
- For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates visit www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk.
Hero security guard Adam Sharman has told how he dragged a woman to safety just moments before her car turned into a fireball. The 26-year-old was driving home from work at JCB1 when he came across a two-vehicle smash on the outskirts of Cheadle2. Within seconds, Adam and another passing motorist realised a woman was trapped inside her burning vehicle.
The pair then managed to prise the crumpled door open before pulling the woman out as the car became engulfed in flames.
The Citreon Saxo turned into a fireball seconds after Adam pulled the woman out
Adam, of Stoke, said: When I stopped you could see the smoke . I got out and there was a smashed up Citreon Saxo . I could hear the woman screaming.
“She was stuck behind the steering wheel and the chassis was all crumpled . The engine was on fire and we had to bend the car s door frame because it wouldn t open.
The flames started to get bigger so we decided just to take an arm each and kept dragging her back the car then completely went up in flames . We took her quite far back but you could still feel the heat.
Adam has been credited with saving the woman’s life
Emergency services including the police, fire service and ambulance soon arrived on the scene in Cheadle Road at around 10.15pm on Friday (November 3). The woman was then taken to hospital after suffering serious injuries to her legs.
But Adam believes it could have been a lot worse had he and the other motorist not stopped.
The accident on Cheadle Road (Image: Staffordshire Police)
He added: If it was someone I cared about I hope someone would do the same thing . I always try to help out . I thought to myself afterwards that had we have been there just five minutes later it could have been horrific . Luckily we were able to get her out.
Throughout the incident Adam kept his bosses at JCB up-to-date.
He said: I was updating work anyway so they knew what was happening but I asked if they could use my GPS location and send all of the emergency services.
They arrived shortly afterwards but by this time it was enough for the car to have up in flames.
Adam Sharman helped save a woman’s life when he pulled her out of her burning car.
PC Dave Stubbs, from Staffordshire Police3, was one of the police officers who attended the crash between the Saxo and a Land Rover. He said: In my view these people saved her life . They came across the collision and within seconds sprang into action and pulled her from the car.
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