NPB Security partner with Constable Care Foundation
NPB Security is proud to announce a three-year partnership with the Constable Care Foundation.
We are sponsoring the City After Dark program which seeks to educate secondary students and community youth groups on how to identify risks and avoid dangerous decisions at night.
The program is run in partnership with the WA Police Force and guides participants through the Perth CBD and entertainment precincts on a weeknight.
Constable Care Foundation’s Marketing Manager Diane Ainsworth said it was great to partner with NPB Security.
“The support from NPB Security ensures the popular City After Dark program can continue to empower young people to become streetwise and take control of their personal safety when out at night,” Diane said.
“It allows Constable Care Foundation to market this important safety education program to secondary schools, youth community groups and tertiary students.”
The three-hour walking tour commences in the early evening to show that areas which are largely safe during the day can become much riskier at night. Designed with a strong educational focus, the program is effective through participation and experiential learning.
Director David Barrett said extensive experience working in the Perth hospitality industry prompted NPB Security’s participation in this initiative.
“NPB guards have been protecting patrons at night for years, so we understand the importance and difference responsible practices can make,” David said.
“Going out with friends should be an enjoyable experience, but we know how quickly things can change. This is an opportunity to prepare young people through education and experience to ensure they understand how to identify potential conflict, and therefore avoid it.”
Key learnings from the tour include avoiding dangerous areas, alcohol and its effect on safety, stranger interactions and tips on observation, staying aware and avoiding precarious situations.
Diane said it’s always intriguing to hear which aspects of the active participation experience that attendees find the most useful and interesting.
“Often it is a revelation for all participants, as they don’t know what they don’t know, especially when it comes to risky situations and identifying risks.”
“Distraction through smartphone and headphone use is also a safety concern with this demographic, so the importance of observation and awareness of surroundings is one of the key issues highlighted.”
The Constable Care Foundation has been inundated with positive feedback and research on the program.
“Previous participants have described the program as engaging, entertaining and informative with the knowledge and safety skills they learn transferrable to any suburb or city,” Diane said.
“The majority, even parents accompanying their teenagers on the tour, leave with new knowledge on night-time safety, the risks and how to stay safe when venturing out at night.”
Like many events, COVID-19 halted City After Dark tours due to lockdowns and restrictions at venues. However, despite the pandemic, Diane said there had been a surge in demand for the unique experience.
“Bookings increased by almost 300 per cent in the 2019-2020 year, with a 200 per cent increase in participant numbers compared to the previous year. This is despite the suspension of tours in the early part of 2020 due to COVID-19.”
The Constable Care Foundation’s convenient booking system enables tours to be rescheduled to a time and date that suits if COVID-19 restrictions are implemented.
In honour of our new partnership, NPB Security is sharing our top 5 tips to stay safe on a night out:
- Stick with your mates and look after each other
- Don’t flash your cash
- Never leave your drink unattended
- Avoid poorly lit areas
- Ask for help from a security guard or police officer.
If you’re interested in organising a tour for secondary students or a community youth group, you can find out more here.