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Crime Prevention at Work

When you go to work, don't leave your crime prevention sense at home. Almost any crime that can happen at home or in your neighborhood, can happen in the workplace. Use common-sense prevention skills to make life at work safer for all.

Prevent Office Theft and Other Crimes

  • Keep your purse, wallet, keys, or other valuable items with you at all times or locked in a drawer or closet
  • Check the identity of any strangers who are in your office - ask whom they are visiting and if you can help them find that person. If this makes you uncomfortable, inform security or management about your suspicions.
  • Always let someone know where you will be -whether it's coming in late, working late, or going out to lunch or a meeting
  • If you bring personal items to work, such as a coffee mug, radio or calculator, mark them with your name or initials and an identification number.
  • Report and broken or flickering lights, dimly lit cooridors, doors that don't work properly, or broken windows. Don't wait for someone else to do it.
  • Be Discreet. Don't advertise your social life or vacation plans and those of your co-workers to people visiting or calling your place of work.

Look at Common Trouble Spots

  • Reception Area - Is the receptionist equipped with a panic button for emergencies? Is there a camera monitoring the reception area? Can the lock on the lobby be controlled?
  • Stairwells and Remote Corridors - Talk to the building manager about improving poorly lighted cooridors and stairwells.
  • Common Restrooms - Attackers can hide in stalls and corners. Make sure restrooms are locked and only employees have keys.
  • After hours - Don't work late alone. Create a buddy system for walking to parking lots or public transportation or ask security to escort you.




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