When it comes to the safety and security of your workplace or office building little steps can make a big difference. It doesn’t matter if you are a small community based organization or a large office building- safety and security should be your priority. You can easily implement all or some of the tips below right now- for free.
- Creating a safer and more secure environment has to be a shared goal. From your staff to visitors everyone can be helpful.
- Add safety and security as a topic at your office meetings, this helps make it a priority and keeps it on everyone’s mind.
- Post signs that show how much you value safety and security at your company and/or organization.
2. All emergency contacts and phone numbers should be easily accessible.
- 911 may not be the only number you need in case of an emergency. Make a list of all relevant emergency contacts- you can include facilities management, the property manager, maintenance, the security desk, etc.
- Get to know your local police district and the officers assigned to your neighborhood.
- If your police department has a community police liaison, get to know them. They can be an valuable resource and keep you abreast of the what is happening in your community.
3. Conduct inspections once a week.
- Create a list of what needs to be checked in your office or at your facility.
- Assign a staff member to be responsible for weekly security checks, be sure to rotate the job so that there are always fresh eyes.
- Regular inspections will allow you to ascertain quickly if something is amiss and it will help law enforcement assist you better.
4. Screen all guests and visitors.
- Have your security guard or receptionist greet all visitors and guests.
- It is important that you know who enters your building or office and where they are going.
5. Secure your keys.
- Use a lock box for all of your important keys and control the lock box code.
- Create a sign in and sign out procedure for keys and make sure all keys are returned.
6. Secure your equipment.
- Know your inventory and keep detailed records.
- Tag all of your inventory and equipment.
- Keep all serial numbers and equipment models in a secure place.
- Use identification stickers. Slice a ‘X’ through the stickers with a razor blade this will make them harder to remove.
7. Check your exterior surroundings.
- Utilize external lighting to deter potential criminal acts- make sure the lights are turned on and working.
- Make sure all gates and windows are locked.
- Trim all bushes and shrubbery to make sure that there are no spots that can serve as hiding spaces or camoflauge.
- Don’t prop open doors.