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NPPD Crime Prevention Tip:

Crime Prevention at Work


Crimes can occur at your place of employment just as easily as they can on the street, in your neighborhood, or home.  In fact many people let their guard down at work, leaving their possessions more available to people who would not think twice about helping themselves to another person’s property.  However there are certain things we can all do to make our work places safer and our possessions more secure. 

While at work keep possessions such as pocketbook, keys, wallet, or cell phone with you at all times.  If you can not, lock the items in a desk, closet, locker or secure area.  If they can’t be locked and you can’t keep them with you, at least make sure they are not in plain view of all to see.  Personal items such as calculators, tools, radios, or coffeepots should be marked with your name or identifying number, (do not use your social security number).  Report broken or flickering lights to building maintenance or the appropriate authority.  Request immediate attention and mitigation of doors and windows that are not in proper working order.  See to it that the exterior of the facility is in order, and that  there are no abandoned autos, or overgrown vegetation that might appear to be inviting hiding spots to criminals.

If your employment puts you or others in a place where you or they are by oneself, the individual should have a cell phone to summon police, fire and emergency rescue personnel.  Most cell phones can be programmed so consider putting numbers for the security department or other people at the same facility if you don’t have a security department.  Reception areas should be equipped with a panic button and a camera that can be monitored at another location with the facility.  If your employer does not require visitors to be escorted, or to identify themselves upon arrival request management consider implementing a policy mandating same.  Many businesses require non-employees to wear visitor badges. 

Use stairway and elevators with another person that you know.  If an unknown person is making you nervous, alert other people and call for the police or security.  Restrooms should be kept locked, so outsiders can’t gain access and hide in a stall. 

When working late try to coordinate with another employee so that you are not alone.  When walking to your car in a parking lot or garage do so with a companion or request an escort from security.  Always lock your car and look inside both the front and back seats before getting in.  Always have your key ready, fumbling around for keys may appear to be an invitation to a thief or mugger.   Once in your car, lock it.  Try to park in an area that will be well lit after dark.  Although talking on a phone while driving is banned by law in New Jersey, have your cell phone ready to go in the event you need to summon authorities or emergency response personnel.    

Finally let someone from your family, or friends know what your work schedule will be.
In the event of a problem, some one will become concerned if you don’t show up when you should and hopefully sound an alarm to locate you.  Common sense, personal awareness, and prudence can prevent or reduce danger.