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Office Safety

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. But common-sense prevention skills can help make life at work safer for all.

Help 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 them who 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 you're arriving or working late, going to the photocopier or mail room, going out to lunch or to a meeting.
  • Mark your personal items.
  • If you bring personal items to work, such as a coffee pot, a radio or a calculator, mark them with your name or initials and an identification number.
  • Report any suspicious activities or conditions.
  • Report any suspicious individuals, broken or flickering lights, dimly lit corridors, doors that don't lock properly or broken windows. Don't wait for someone else to it.
  • Be discreet. Don't advertise your social life or vacation plans and those of your coworkers to people visiting or calling your place of work.

Take a look at common trouble spots in the office. 

When you are in a reception area: 

  • Is the receptionist equipped with a panic button for emergencies, a camera with a monitor at another employee's desk and a lock on the front door that can be controlled?

Stairwells and out-of-the-way corridors: 

  • Don't use the stairs alone. Talk to the building manager about improving poorly lit corridors and stairways.

When you are in elevators: 

  • Don't get into elevators with people who look out of place or behave in a strange or threatening manner. If you find yourself in an elevator with someone who makes you nervous, get off as soon as possible.

When you are in rest rooms.  

  • Attackers can hide in stalls and corners. Make sure rest rooms are locked and only employees have keys. Be extra cautious when using rest rooms that are isolated or poorly lit.

Other tips for staying safe at the office 

  • Don't work late alone.
  • Create a buddy system for walking to parking lots or public transportation, or ask security to escort you.
  • When you are in parking lots or garages, choose a well-lit, well-guarded parking garage.
  • Always lock your car and roll the windows up all the way. If you notice any strangers hanging around the parking lot, notify Campus Safety or the police.
  • When you approach your car, have the key ready. Check the floor, front seat and back seat before getting in. Lock your car as soon as you get in and before you buckle your seat belt.