East of England Co-op hire Safepoint to protect delivery drivers

East of England Co-op has partnered with security company Safepoint to protect its delivery drivers as crime against retail workers continues to surge.

The retailer has recently partnered with mobile shopping delivery app Snappy Shopper.

As a result of increasing crime against workers, the tie-up with Safepoint has been rolled-out to help drivers feel more safe when they are out working.

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If they are in need delivery drivers can send out an alert on their devices manually, or the app can automatically detect if the user hasn’t checked-in within a certain time period.

The device can also detect if the driver has fallen, and all alerts are received and monitored by Safepoint’s dedicated response centre.

The app doesn’t require a mobile signal, making it useful for drivers in the East Anglia region where the East of England Co-op operate.

“The safety of our colleagues and customers is always our first priority,” East of England Co-op’s head of security Lee Hammond said.

“The technology they have in place is incredibly easy to use, which is important for our colleagues when they are out on the road.”

“Allowing us to track the progress of our delivery drivers and respond swiftly to any calls for support, is a comfort to our colleagues as they carry out their vital role for our communities.” Hammond added.

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