Personal safety specialist, Andrew Saipe of ASDT, provides his top tips for lone workers on staying safe. Andrew will be speaking at our Safety and Security webinar on 30th November. To book your tickets for the webinar, please click here.

1/ Preparation starts in the office. Gather as much information as possible about a potential client

2/ Trust your instincts. If something does not feel right, it probably isn’t

3/ Wherever possible, ask a client to meet at your office where you will be with colleagues

4/ When a meeting is confirmed, ensure that the office know all the details of the client, including name, address, phone number, email, expected beginning and end time of the appointment

5/ If you are concerned, ask a colleague to attend with you

6/ Plan ahead and have an exit strategy. Ensure that you know all the details of the location, property and surrounding area that you are visiting including the best route and safest places to park.

7/ Carry a personal attack alarm & safety device such as a phone app or monitored alarm

8/ During viewings or any time that you feel unsafe, have a voice/text distress code

9/ Unlock all doors in a property and always trail behind a client allowing them to enter rooms and upstairs before you

10/ Lock your door when entering your vehicle and always look around your car/before entering and leaving the vehicle

Be Aware, Be Safe!

Andrew Saipe, ASDT,