By Jan Bunker, Store Manager, Southampton – Ocean Village store
You might have heard my story before. I used to manage our Nursling store, just North West of Southampton.
This year we’ve had six armed robberies. One time, four masked men entered my shop with crow bars to steal our cash just as we were opening up. It was frightening. It made my stomach turn inside out and backwards. It’s difficult because now I’m always on the look out and I just don’t trust people in the same way. That’s why I’m so passionate about the Safer Colleague, Safer Communities campaign.
Towards the end of last year we worked with David Hanson MP to encourage an amendment to the Offensive Weapons Bill to give shop workers protection from abuse and threatening behaviour.
Now the Government are asking for evidence to help them understand the true scale of violence and abuse towards shop staff. This is where we need your help by sharing your stories and how it made you feel:
- If you’ve been directly affected by an attack or threatening behaviour
- If you’ve witnessed someone else being attacked or threatened
- If a family member has witnessed someone being attacked or threatened
Share your story by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Here are some materials to help you tell your story.
I’m sharing mine. Are you sharing yours?