Crime and workplace security is a serious issue, but it’s also one that doesn’t have to be intimidating. Here are some tips for preventing crime in your workplace.
Protect your perimeter
The first step in keeping your workplace safe is to secure the perimeter. Whether you’re protecting a small office, a warehouse or a manufacturing plant, you need to have good locks on all doors and windows. This includes any doors that lead outside of the building—such as loading dock doors and garage bay entrances.
Good perimeter security also means keeping an eye on parking lots and other areas that are open to the public. If you see someone loitering around outside of your building, make sure they’re not up to no good by asking what they’re doing there. If possible, ask for some ID from them so that if anything does happen at your workplace later on, police will know who was hanging around at the time of the crime.
Finally, keep an eye out for strangers (or even coworkers) who may be coming onto your property without permission or asking permission first; this could mean someone who wasn’t invited into your building has snuck in somehow!
By taking these steps now before criminals start casing out vulnerable businesses like yours will allow us all feel safer at work while still getting our jobs done without worrying about whether we’ll get robbed next month when payday comes around again.”
Watch for lone strangers
A lone stranger is an individual who appears to be taking an interest in your business or workplace. They may be casing the location for a later crime, or they could be looking for an opportunity to commit a crime.
A single person walking up and down the aisles of your store could simply be a customer shopping, but if it seems like they’re spending too much time in one area, you should pay attention.
In order to avoid losing valuables, you should keep them out of sight and locked up when not in use. Valuable items such as cash, keys, and laptops should be kept in a secure location at all times.
- Don’t leave valuables on desks or in plain view anywhere else on campus.
- If you’re carrying cash with you during the day, don’t leave it exposed—put it inside your purse or backpack instead.
- When leaving your car unattended at night (especially if it’s parked near areas where there are lots of people), make sure nothing is visible through windows or doors before closing them up tight again!
Train staff to spot criminals
- Look for unusual behavior. Criminals are rarely subtle, so look for people who are not acting normally. For example, they might be dressed inappropriately or have a body language that seems out of place in your environment.
- Look for people who are not part of the team. Criminals rarely work alone and may try to get their accomplices hired at your workplace by presenting them as applicants or even current employees. If you see someone who doesn’t seem right, don’t be afraid to ask questions—you may just save yourself from getting ripped off!
Use cameras wisely
Videotaping your employees can be a useful tool in helping to prevent crime, but it’s important to use the cameras wisely.
Cameras can deter criminals from committing crimes, such as shoplifting or vandalism, because they know they’ll be caught on camera. You should also use cameras to record any crimes that do occur so that you have evidence if a perpetrator is caught.
However, you shouldn’t rely solely on security cameras for protection against workplace violence or theft; other measures are necessary as well—and if your company doesn’t provide those measures (such as security guards), then you should consider asking them for help in installing better security systems. Be sure to talk with your boss before putting up any new equipment (like security cameras) or changing existing ones; he might want some say over what kinds of systems the company uses since they will affect him too!
Also remember: no matter how many precautions you take there will always be some kind of risk involved in working somewhere new—but it helps when everyone works together toward reducing that risk as much as possible!
By following the tips listed above, you can help prevent crime in your workplace. If a crime does occur, report it immediately to the authorities and follow up with them on any updates.