After my last post about how vulnerable your desktop can be (see here), I started thinking about the many security issues that exist in the office. As employers and employees, we are better off taking proactive steps to ensure that we are safe in the workplace rather than face the consequences. Security is everyone’s responsibility and the steps you take now can keep you and everyone you work with safer.
Take a look at these basic tips to make your workplace more secure and help prevent theft as well.
- Always challenge visitors or individuals walking through your office. Try to determine who they are visiting by asking if they need assistance.
- Do not let anyone into the building with your access keys or card as you enter after regular business hours.
- If you find a building entry door propped open after normal hours, close it.
- During the winter months when it gets darker earlier in the day, consider using a “buddy” system when you leave the building at night.
- Always take your keys out of your pocket or purse before leaving the building. For obvious reasons, don’t try to find your keys in your bag once you reach your car.
- Keep valuables in your car hidden and doors locked.
- Never leave your reception area unattended or entrance doors propped open.
- Always keep valuables out of sight, including purses, cash and stamps. Lock them in a desk drawer or file pedestal if possible.
- Place iPads, PDA’s, cell phones, calculators, iPods in desk drawers when not in use.
- Do not allow unknown or unexpected service or repair personnel free access to your office space.
Beware! The following are some common pretenses used by thieves to gain entrance into offices or to distract you:
- A thief may engage you in conversation while mentally making a survey of your office and return later.
- A thief may call and fabricate a reason for you to leave the office so that an accomplice may enter.
- Be aware of solicitors. Even though some of these people are legitimate, others are only “casing” the area for a potential future burglary.
Remember, security is everyone’s responsibility. Take these proactive, preventive security measures to ensure safety at your workplace.