- Boots is rolling out body-worn cameras to an additional 225 UK stores
- The cameras are proven to help reduce incidents of violence and aggression towards store team members
- The move is the latest in the Boots commitment to supporting the safety of its staff in stores
Boots has announced it has invested in rolling out body-worn video cameras to an additional 225 stores across the UK.
Following an initial pilot in 83 stores, Boots has seen that body worn cameras have reduced the number of incidents involving violence and aggression towards its team members. In Birmingham for example, Boots stores in the Safer City programme have seen a 68% reduction in incidents.
The introduction of more body cameras across Boots stores is part of a wider effort from Boots to support it’s team members and prevent incidents of retail crime in its stores, it has also introduced additional panic alarms, a state of the art CCTV Monitoring Centre unit and headsets for its team members to allow faster communication across its largest stores
Security and Incident Manager at Boots, Iona Blake, said: “We’re pleased that introducing body-worn cameras is helping to make our stores a safer place to work and shop. Stores that consistently wear their devices have seen around a 45% reduction in incidents, but what’s even more compelling is hearing how much safer and more confident our team members feel when wearing them.”
Not only are the cameras simple to use, easy to wear and provide additional reassurance, but they also act as a visual deterrent which prevent incidents escalating.