THE RETAIL BULLETIN - The home of retail news
Department Stores
Shopping Centres & Retail Parks
Home & DIY
Health & Beauty
General Merchandise
Sports & Leisure
Retail Solutions
Food & Drink
Kent Police launches Safer Home store at Bluewater

A new interactive 'Safer Home' store, complete with modern technology to help prevent and report crime, has recently opened at the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent.


Kent Police launches Safer Home store at Bluewater

Launched by Kent Police in partnership with Bluewater, the store recreates a home living environment and is staffed by members of Kent Police.

Situated on the upper Thames Walk, it allows shoppers to experience crime prevention technology and safety equipment first-hand, including a touch-screen kiosk with access to interactive crime maps and safety advice.

The store also features a video games station to show how social networking functions in video games work, and how to spot signs of grooming or internet bullying. The console doubles as an entertainment area for children whilst parents and guardians speak to officers, who are present to provide individual support.

In addition, the space offers a private area for discussing sensitive issues on a one-to-one basis.

Chief Constable Alan Pughsley said: “This is a fantastic new facility that will give people the opportunity to learn more about crime prevention, direct access to services, as well as the chance to discuss any issue, no matter how sensitive, with one of my officers."

Robert Goodman, general manager of Bluewater, added: “The Kent Police Safety Shop, which this new store replaces, enabled thousands of people to receive invaluable advice and support on a wide range of topics for many years.

“The development of our partnership goes from strength to strength with the launch of the Safer Home store, providing a further opportunity to build on the success achieved to date.”

Bluewater’s other community-orientated initiatives have included the recently held fourth annual Learning Shop Awards, which took place on 17 June. In addition, The Learning Shop’s annual Jobs Fayre will retarn to Bluewater in September for the fifth year running. Last year, the event helped over 5,000 people, the majority living in DA postcodes, to find employment.

Email this article to a friend

You need to be logged in to use this feature.

Please log in here

Subscribe For Retail News


Retail Human Resources Summit
Retail Human Resources Summit
Wednesday 3 October 2018
The Cavendish Conference Centre, London W1
The 10th HR Summit 2018, The Cavendish Conference Centre, London W1, 3rd October 2018
The Retail Design Summit 2018
The Retail Design Summit 2018
14 November 2018
The Cavendish Conference Centre
The Retail Design Summit 2018
Omnichannel Futures Conference 2019
Omnichannel Futures Conference 2019
6 February 2019
Cavendish Conference Centre, London WG1 9DT
A truly omnichannel offering requires an understanding of customer behaviour across all shopping channels and how this should impact your overall business strategy
Customer Engagement Conference 2019
Customer Engagement Conference 2019
5 June 2019
Cavendish Conference Centre, London W1
The 10th Annual Retail Customer Engagement Summit
National Minimum Wage Breakfast Briefing
National Minimum Wage Breakfast Briefing
20 September 2018
6th Floor 1, St. Martin's Le Grand London, EC1A 4AS
National Minimum Wage Breakfast Briefing