Updates on Security and Safety Initiatives
VISIT OF POLICE COMMISSIONER PUNE TO HIA –LAUNCH OF BUDDYCOP APP
Ms Rashmi Shukla, Commissioner of Police, Pune visited the HIA office at Hinjawadi on 24 Mar and interacted with the Head HRs as well as the HR and Security Managers of the HIA member companies. The event was marked to announce the launch of BuddyCop, an app designed to ensure the safety of women employees.
Before the interaction, there was a presentation explaining the various aspects of BuddyCop and how the same would be rolled out. The functioning of the app and its operational details were explained as also the responses that would follow from the police. All women employees actively participated in the question-answer session clarifying their doubts and queries.
The Police Commissioner elaborated that the success of this endeavour would depend on participation from the environment and enthused the employees to contribute to its success by opting to be volunteers in the project. She explained that the various qualifications and requirements of the volunteers were laid out in the Pune Police website and asked everyone to visit it.
BuddyCop would be rolled out shortly and will help enhance the safety of RGIP employees, especially women working at various companies.
(a) Rapid Reaction of HIA JSTF at Hinjawadi.
A mock exercise to test the reaction to 'Pratisaad App' of police was carried out by reporters of Lokmat newspaper. While reactions at other places in Pune were slow, police at Hinjawadi along with the JSTF vehicle deployed by HIA in conjunction with civil police reacted within 10 mins. The lady reporter using the Pratisaad app intimated a problem situation to the police department at 1.55 pm. Despite the lunch hour going on, the police and JSTF Commandos were quick to react and reached the spot at 2.10 pm – within a span of 10 mins. This quick reaction is entirely due to the close synergy between Civil Police and the JSTF commandos of the HIA.
(b) Instructions to Download the Pratisaad App of Maharashtra Police.
(c) Poster by Hinjawadi Police Station on Safe Parking of Vehicles and Prevention of Thefts.
(d) Dos and Don'ts for Womens' Safety – Issued by Police Department.
COMMON TIPS – APPLICABLE AT ALL TIMES( BY POLICE DEPARTMENT)
Whatever be the situation or circumstances, there are some constants that are applicable to women’s safety and security these are as follows: -
- Women should be highly concerned about own security especially during vulnerable time as at night and at sensitive locations.
- Mental strength may be more important than physical power, develop a strong will to resist male advances. As noted female activist, Malala Yousafzai said, “If 10 men stare at me in the market I just stare back at them (and they wilt away)”.
- Develop an instinct for trouble and take evasive measures.
- Inclement weather, night, darkness or odd hours are vulnerable times for any woman as much as but more so than others are.
- Isolated places increase level of vulnerability. These can be secluded buildings, parking lots, staircases or even lifts.
- Cyber space has created a new set of challenges for women, be fully cognizant of the threats in use of social media and internet fraud.
- Getting away or escaping from a situation is more sensible than confronting it, remember a cat has nine lives because it skillfully escapes death the other eight times.
- Take a self defence course if possible and at least some form of exercise that will help keep fit and active thereby evading force.
- Nobody is immune to being violated there are examples of women violated in the most affluent homes.
DO’S FOR WOMEN
- Do be aware and accept that women are more vulnerable and the phenomenon is not restricted to India.
- Seek information and develop awareness of local security and safety situation for women in the city, town and the locality in which you live.
- Do be culturally sensitive in your behavior or while dressing, based on the place you are visiting or time of day. This is plain common sense.
- Do wear clothes and footwear that help in running or escaping quickly especially when going to an outdoor event or at night where you are likely to be vulnerable.
- Do keep an eye for suspicious men or women lurking around, avoid taking lifts offered by stranger(s) and avoid traveling in near vacant public transport system.
- Do alert the security or raise alarm in case you encounter a suspicious person or vulnerable situation.
- Do save emergency numbers on your phone and ring these regularly to check that they actually work especially when you travel from one city to another.
- Do download application that sends distress messages from your cell phones, test it a number of times including reaction of the people on the other side so that they are prepared to help you in an emergency.
- Do inform your travel routine particularly at night and odd hours; ask for call back from relatives or friends at fixed times without having to call up.
- Do inform office security staff and home in the case of a breakdown of an office cab or when you are the last passenger to be dropped.
- Do keep your car or scooter in the best condition to avoid a breakdown particularly if you are likely to travel at night. In case of a doubt take alternate means of transport.
- Do have a hammer or rod in the glove compartment to break open the window in case of a being locked in the car in the case of an emergency.
- Do equip your car with emergencies when you are going long distance
- Do ensure you lock your car from inside while traveling at night.
- Do take the elevator instead of stairs unless the elevator is occupied by a suspicious person(s).
- Do get off from the elevator in case a suspicious person gets in and you are alone.
- Do lock and latch your house at all times and do not open the door to strangers. Install electronic alarms amongst other safety devices.
- Do plan your outstation travel in such a way that you arrive at the destination even if it is your hometown during day light hours. In case you are arriving late call a relative or friend to pick you up, do not hesitate to cause them inconvenience.
- Do hire cabs from standard travel companies who rent radio cabs with GPS. If staying in a hotel, hire a cab from the hotel renting service.
- Do check the safety and security arrangements when staying in a hotel room. Prefer rooms with electronic keys and check who holds duplicates.
- Do be cautious in making new friends while traveling particularly male friends.
- Do have only relatives, well-known and reliable friends on Facebook, who are long time acquaintances, scrupulously avoid making, “friends,” with strangers on social media.
- Do use social media as Facebook and Twitter for keeping your friends informed of your whereabouts.
- Do travel in women only compartments or buses where these are provided. Avoid common facilities.
- Do keep items as a whistle to raise an alarm, pepper spray and strong flash light in your purse. You can also use your purse as a weapon in an emergency. Practice using these.
- Do keep your visiting card in your purse so that in case of an accident, your identity can be established.
- Do know vulnerable points of the male anatomy in case you have to use force, these are mainly groin, throat, eyes and knees.
- Do learn to use your elbow, knees and fingernails these are strong points of women and can hurt when it strikes the right spots.
- Do keep a pet dog, if fond of pets and if you have to move out of the house take the pet where feasible especially at night.
- Do educate your female children to reject physical contact by strangers and report the same immediately on occurrence.
- Do ensure proper lighting of entrance to your house or flat. The exit side should be at least 60 percent more luminous than the entrance so that you are able to clearly see a person outside without exposing yourself.
DON’TS FOR WOMEN
- Do not hesitate in strongly objecting to misbehaviour the first time it happens, if you ignore it once it will only encourage the person towards more objectionable conduct later.
- Do not visit a suspicious location alone and never at night or in the evening hours.
- Do not travel alone at night as most Indian cities are unsafe, single travel at night in suburbs should be particularly avoided.
- Do not travel in public transport alone, in case you find yourself alone it is better to get down at a safe place rather than continue the journey especially at night. Ring and seek help.
- Do not join protests or crowds unless you are in a strong multi gender group, molestation is a common complaint at such events whatever be the cause as anti socials may take advantage.
- Do not make unnecessary eye contact with strangers, but when doing so display confidence. Exchanging frequent glances with strangers can be misinterpreted.
- Do not engage in conversation with a strange man; discourage small talk particularly if you are alone.
- Do not show unnecessary sympathy for a stranger and beware of a ruse, sometimes women decoys are used by criminals to lure female victims.
- Do not establish routine in terms of timings or route while going for work or for a walk, change your timings and routes frequently as far as possible.
- Do not hesitate in reporting a suspicious person, activity or object or raising an alarm as loudly as possible and call for help to dissuade a potential attacker. It is better to end being sheepish then sorry. Shout ‘BACHAO BACHAO’ or words to this effect
- Do not give up if under threat or attack, look for the earliest opportunity to escape.
- Do not show fear, assailants are encouraged by persons who panic.
- Do not use ATMs to draw money at night or in early morning hours when alone.
- Do not carry large number of credit cards at any one time, loss of purse may lead to compromise of your accounts.
- Do not wear expensive jewellery especially chain or heavy gold bangles when alone or display it. If you have to wear jewellery remove it after the event rather than displaying it while traveling especially at night.
- Do not carry jewellery while traveling, artificial trinkets can serve the same purpose.
- Do not accept food or drinks from strangers especially while traveling.
- Do not consume excessive alcohol or allow your male companions to do so at social events which can expose you or create vulnerability.
- Do not drive after consuming alcohol or allow your male companions to do so.
- Do not allow your social behaviour to be mistaken as making advances by men.
(e) Instructions To Commute SAFE for all employees in RGIPBE ALERT, BE SAFE.
THOUGH EVERY SITUATION WOULD BE DIFFERENT,
ONE CAN MINIMIZE THE RISK BY QUICK THINKING.
Commute SAFE (Smart, Alert, Focused, Educated)
- Use public transport and avoid unauthorized private transport.
- Do not accept lifts from strangers.
- Try to stay on well-lit roads with traffic & avoid poorly lit by lanes.
- While driving on lonely roads, do not stop to entertain queries from strangers.
- Do not stop at isolated places.
- Keep the doors of your vehicle locked while driving.
- Do not lower your window if you are stopped by strangers.
- If you have to open the window, open it only as much to allow communication, and not allow outsider to reach the ignition key.
- In case you are being pursued try to drive to the nearest police/fire station or to a crowded public place.
- Ensure that 100 or your Emergency contacts are on fast dial.
- Dial 100 immediately to seek help from Police in case of a likely mugging situation.
- Keep a record of IMEI No. of your mobile phone, so that the Police is able to track it.
- Should this happen to you, please inform the POLICE (100)with following details:
- Your name and mobile number. Your company name and Employee ID
- The make and color of your vehicle, along with your registration number
- The make, color, and registration number of vehicles being used by assailants
- Any other details that may help Police identify your assailants
- Your location in reference to a prominent landmark
SAFETY WEEK CELEBRATIONS AT HIA
Safety Week was celebrated by HIA & Its Member Companies with a number of activities. The Safety Week commenced with the pinning of badges onto the COO, HIA Col CS Bhogal and other staff at HIA. Drivers of Metrozip buses also took an oath pledging to follow the rules of safe driving to ensure accident free commutes.
A Drivers Training on safe driving was conducted as part of the Safety Week events. All drivers from Metrozip, Metrozip Green and Metrozip Delight participated in the training held at Tata Technologies Limited.
Training of Traffic Wardens
Training for Traffic Wardens was conducted at HIA on 30 Dec 2016. HIA sponsored traffic wardens have been working in conjunction with the Hinjawadi Traffic Police for controlling traffic within RGIP and have done a commendable job of easing traffic congestion, since their deployment on the crowded roads at RGIP.
As part of their regular refresher training, Mr Datta Poman highlighted the important aspects of a warden's duty. He explained the requirement of remaining alert and reiterated the various ways of enforcing discipline on the streets.
Col Bhogal, COO HIA addressed the wardens and while commending their work, asked them to be always well turned out and present a disciplined image when conducting their duties on the roads.
Traffic Awareness Day – 06 Oct 2016
Hinjawadi Industries Association (HIA) and all its member companies participated in a big way in the Pune Police Traffic Branch “Traffic Awareness Day” on Thursday, 6th October. It was an all out effort with involvement of employees to stand against traffic indiscipline.
Employees came out in large numbers to show solidarity with this cause and formed a Human Chain on the streets of Hinjawadi from Shivaji Chowk to Phase 3. They also took a pledge to follow traffic rules and ensure their friends and families too are encouraged to do the same.
The programme also saw distribution of stickers and flags pertaining to traffic rules and regulations. Banners on the subject were also displayed at various places within Hinjawadi.
News & Update - Security and Safety Committee
The committee coordinated with the MIDC Fire Dept. for conduct of training in Fire Fighting & Safety in the month of June 2016 where 21 employees of HIA member companies participated and were issued with the Certificates for the same.
The Committee has also Co-ordinated with Traffic Police Dept. for undertaking training of bus drivers in the aspects of safe driving and knowledge of traffic rules
Ensures periodical refresher training of JSTF Commandoes and Traffic Wardens to keep them updated with the latest methods and techniques in their respective fields.
Training of Bus Drivers on Road Safety
A training session for Metrozip drivers was conducted by the civil police at HIA on 22 Sep 2016. About 60 drivers attended the training. This would be an on-going activity until all drivers are covered by this training.
The drivers were explained road safety procedures, good road manners, and actions on road to make their driving experience as well as that of other users of the road, better and comfortable. They were also given inputs on important numbers like Police, Fire Brigade and Ambulance.