Eastgate Shopping Centre in Inverness becomes Keep Safe Place
Published 06 December 2017
Police Scotland can confirm that the Eastgate Shopping Centre in Inverness has become the first Keep Safe location in the Highlands.
The centre has signed up to the initiative which works to ensure that vulnerable people can enjoy ordinary day to day life and activities free from the fear of abuse and intimidation.
Keep Safe was developed by the I Am Me project and is delivered jointly with Police Scotland.
The initiative works by providing Keep Safe places across the country which offers support and assistance to anyone feeling lost, vulnerable, frightened or who has become a victim of crime.This includes elderly, disabled and vulnerable people.
Businesses signed up to the initiative are recognisable by display of the Keep Safe premises window sticker and can be found on phone app which maps out all Keep Safe places across Scotland.
Staff within these premises will be able to help by using the information contained on their Keep Safe Card to contact a relative or named person and the police or other emergency services as appropriate.
Disabled, vulnerable and older people are offered a Keep Safe Card to carry which includes the name of the holder, the telephone numbers of people who can assist them, information on their health, communication needs and emergency contacts.
Sergeant Judy Hill said: "We are delighted that the Eastgate Centre has become the first location in the Highlands to become a Keep Safe place.
"All Keep Safe places are approved by Police Scotland.
"The Eastgate Centre will provide a safe and accessible place for anybody who needs help or assistance.
"Sometimes due to disability or age related illness, people can easily become disorientated, lost or become confused, especially in and around unfamiliar surroundings. "Keep Safe can offer a reassurance that there is somewhere people can seek assistance if required."
Eastgate Centre manager Jackie Cuddy said: "We are delighted that Eastgate Centre has been chosen to pilot the Keep Safe initiative in the Highlands.
"We are constantly looking at ways to engage with special needs and community groups and this police initiative is a great example which is being embraced by the whole team at Eastgate Centre."Any business interested in becoming a Keep Safe place can contact Police Scotland on 101 for more information or visit the Keep Safe Places on our website.
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