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Boots to roll out body cams to over 300 stores by the end of August

26 August 2022
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  • 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.

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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer. Its mission is to be the first choice for pharmacy, health and beauty - caring for people, customers and communities everywhere.

With over 53,000 team members and 2,247 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores, Boots serves its customer and patients’ wellbeing for life.

Boots is the UK’s number one beauty destination and largest pharmacy chain providing dispensing and essential healthcare services, and it offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of product offering including its innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle, Sleek MakeUP and YourGoodSkin. For over 170 years, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

Boots is part of Walgreens Boots Alliance, which is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail.  More company information is available on boots-uk.com.

 

*Figures as of 31 May 2022