Where am I most likely to be at risk?

Each year, half the assaults, and a third of threats, are by clients or customers already known to you. The most risky situations include:

  • working on your own. This may be in the clients' homes, in an isolated office, or at times of the day when your colleagues are off duty;
  • working under pressure, so that your clients are frustrated by poor services due to staff shortage or heavy workloads;
  • when you can offer no alternative support to a client;
  • crowded workplaces that are too busy, with public areas that lack seating, refreshments, access to a telephone or recreation area for children;
  • when a customer is stealing or attempting fraud, e.g. using a stolen credit card;
  • handling customers who have drunk excessive amounts of alcohol or taken drugs; and
  • when you confront a suspected shoplifter.
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