Martin and Co estate agents use StaySafe Business app
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StaySafe Business, the lone working personal protection company, will have its StaySafe Business app used by agents at Martin and Co, the letting and property management franchise.

The app will allow Martin nd Co Leeds City & Leeds North to monitor their employees’ safety and GPS location through an online Hub. The agent can start a timed session and alert their employer through a number of features. Martin and Co used a diary system to keep track of employee safety before working with StaySafe.

After undertaking a review of their lone working policies it concluded a need for a more robust system to meet duty of care requirements for employers. Martin and Co decided to roll out the system across its business after a two-week trial of the BS8484 accredited StaySafe app and Hub (pictured).

The app works on iPhone, Android and BlackBerry and offers functions including a panic button, working session expiry, GPS tracking, inactivity and duress alerts. If an employee activates the app’s panic button or fails to check in, alerts are automatically triggered on screen and via text and email, allowing an employer to take immediate action. Martin and Co undertake the monitoring of its employees in-house via an online hub but monitoring can also be outsourced to one of StaySafe’s professional partners who offer 24/7 monitoring and response services.

“We have had extremely positive feedback from our team who find the app easy to use and now feel more confident when meeting with unknown clients,” said Elizabeth Richardson, director at Martin and Co Leeds City & Leeds North. “We were particularly impressed with the range of features the app provides including the discreet panic function and duress pin. Because our employees often work on a one to one basis, these features allow them to discreetly signal for help if they feel uncomfortable or threatened. We are delighted to be working with StaySafe and are confident that we are now providing the level of care required to meet lone worker legislation.”

“Due to the nature of the Property Industry, lone worker safety is something that has to be taken seriously,” said Don Cameron, CEO at StaySafe. “Sadly, there have been a number of high profile attacks committed against estate agents, the most widely remembered being the murder of Suzy Lamplugh in 1986. The Suzy Lamplugh trust have since been providing a number of services to help protect lone workers across all industries and we are proud to be recommend as one of their lone worker safety solutions. StaySafe turns any smartphone into a safety device without the need for additional equipment, making it ideal for Estate Agents and other professionals who have their phone or tablet on them at all times”.

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