Press Release / 11 September 2017
On your bike
Security gets mobile at intu Braehead as staff start patrolling on bicycles
intu Braehead is the first retail and leisure destination in the UK to equip security personnel with bicycles to help them get around the centres’ car parks, riverside boardwalk and pathways. Security staff, Willie Carmichael and Mohammed Aswar have now completed a training course on patrolling on bicycles, with tuition from an expert with the government-backed Cycling Scotland charity. As well as patrolling on their own, the pedal-powered duo will from time to time, join police officers stationed at intu Braehead on their police bikes, as they do the rounds outside the shopping centre and Soar at intu Braehead.
Paul Lucas, operations manager of intu Braehead explains: “intu Braehead is part of a 300-acre site and there’s a very large outside area that we’re also responsible for. That includes several car parks, the boardwalk along the River Clyde and the many walkways and cycle paths. Having our security staff on mountain bikes us a great way of covering such a large area in a quick and environmentally friendly way. It also gives the public a reassurance that there’s help at hand no matter if they are inside or outside intu Braehead.
Caroline Hammond, Development Officer at Cycling Scotland, said: “Working with intu Braehead on this unique initiative has been a pleasure. By training security staff to cycle confidently as part of their daily rounds is an efficient and innovative way to embed cycling into everyday journeys. Cycling Scotland offers a range of training opportunities to help more people to cycle regularly, and it is great to see our training being implemented in this way.”
If this initial trial is successful intu Braehead plan to invest in more training and bikes in the future.