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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.