Office Safety Tips

Everyone can help reduce the chances of theft occurring in the workplace by employing these basic practices on a daily basis:

  • Always lock your office door, drawers, and cabinets when you need to leave your workspace.
  • Never leave a laptop in an unlocked office, meeting area, or other unsecured area.
  • Never leave keys, money, checks, or valuables of any kind out in plain view in unsecured areas or in jacket or coat pockets.
  • Never leave packages near doorways or lobbies or in conference rooms, break rooms, cafeterias or rest rooms or on desks, etc.
  • Pay attention to people who do not belong in the areas where you work.
    • Engage such people by saying, "Excuse me? You appear to be lost. May I help you?"
    • Pay attention to what they are wearing and other personal characteristics in case a description needs to be relayed to security personnel.
  • Report suspicious people or activity to the Department of Public Safety immediately. Give your name, department, phone extension, the location of the suspicious person, and a description.
  • Be discreet. Never advertise plans for being away to visitors you don’t know or people calling your place of work.
  • Report broken or flickering lights, dimly lit corridors, and doors and windows that are broken or don’t close or lock properly. Don’t assume someone else will do it.