Workplace Security

  • Two of the best methods for reducing workplace homicides are using brighter exterior lighting and ensuring that employees do not work alone at night.
  • To increase the safety of our buildings we can use stronger steel, concrete and glass. Use thicker layers of fireproofing insulation.
  • Or it can involve simpler, less expensive fixes, such as temporary barriers to keep vehicles farther away form the building. New office seating arrangements moving people away from the exterior moving them toward more-sheltered spaces. Use better safety glass, super strong plastics to reinforce doors.
  • Update and review your emergency response plans.
  • Have more guards posted, install new surveillance cameras inside and outside the building. Use stricter procedures for monitoring visitors and deliveries and controlling access to the building.
  • Better marked exit lights and emergency lighting in stairwells will help people in the event of an emergency. Install safety kits containing flashlights, hard hats, and breathing masks, these can be positioned inside offices along with fire extinguishers.

Office Security

  • If you don't have procedures in case of emergency or another incident, establish some, and discuss them with all employees so that everyone knows what to do, and who to report to.
  • Non-employees should not be allowed to go past the reception area without notice to co-workers by phone or intercom. Guests/clients should wait up front for their escort. After business is concluded, the person should be escorted out. If you encounter an unfamiliar unescorted person in the office area, ask them, "May I help you?" Or "Can I help you find someone?" Do not merely point out the direction of their destination, accompany them to the destination. If it is an intruder, they will give you a quick answer and walk away from you, or, head for an elevator or the nearest exit. Do not try to restrain the individual. Write down the suspect descriptions and follow office procedures. Thefts should be reported to the police as soon as possible.
  • Purses, briefcases, etc., should be kept out of sight when possible, locked away in a desk or closet. Some of the items taken in recent thefts have been under a desk, in plain sight, or in a jacket hanging on the back of a door or over a chair. If your wallet or purse is stolen, contact your bank and credit card companies immediately and call and report the theft to the police.
  • When leaving work for the day or weekend, if possible, lock your desk. Do not invite thieves by leaving valuable, personal property on top of your desk or work area. Thieves usually go for what's in plain sight.
  • Do not leave checks, petty cash or stamps in plain sight, within easy reach or in an unlocked desk drawer.
  • Doors should be locked if your area is unoccupied. If your office has more than one entrance, one door should be used by everyone to enter or exit. This should eliminate doors being propped open or intruders coming in undetected.

Small Business

  • Leave cash registers empty and open after hours to deter burglars.
  • Make sure all exterior doors have adequate locking mechanisms or install a secondary lock, i.e. deadbolt locks.
  • Leave an interior light on all night.
  • Check interior for possible access to the roof and secure all ladders and garbage dumpsters.
  • Use exterior lighting to increase the visibility in parking lots and entrances.
  • Move valuable merchandise away from the door or windows to prevent smash and grab thefts.
  • Install a safe or strong security cabinet to store valuable documents or keys used in your business.
  • Install an enunciator on entrances to alert you that a customer has entered.
  • Don't tag your keys with the name of your business. Change locks if keys are lost or not returned by a former employee.
  • Don't open the door until you are fully ready to do business, and don't count receipts until you lock up.
  • Never resist an armed robber.
  • Call 911 for all medical, fire and police emergencies, and anytime you believe there is a need to send police, fire or medical personnel to the scene.