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. Common sense prevention skills can help make life at work safer for everyone.
- Protect your property. Keep your purse, wallet, keys, or other valuables with you at all times or locked in a drawer or closet.
- Mark any personal items you leave at work, such as a calculator, coffeemaker, radio, etc., with your name or initials and an identification number.
- Check the identity of any strangers in your office. Ask whom they are visiting and if you can help them find that person. If you are uncomfortable doing this or the stranger seems suspicious, contact management and/or security. Be aware of new people outside your immediate area, such as maintenance personnel.
- Always let someone know where you will be, whether it's going to the copier or mail room, leaving for lunch or a meeting, coming in late, or working late.
- Report unsafe conditions. Don't wait for someone else to report flickering lights, dimly lit corridors, doors that don't lock properly, or broken windows.
- Be discreet about your social life. Don't discuss your social activities or vacation plans with people calling or visiting your office.
Following these steps won't make your job easier, but they can make it safer.