Workplace Safety: Office Theft and Other Crimes

When you go to work, don't leave your crime prevention sense at home.

  • 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 whom they are visiting and if you can help them find that person.
  • Always let someone know where you will be whether it is coming in late or working late.  In office environments with large facilities, let someone know you are heading to the photocopier or mail room, out to lunch or to a meeting.
  • If you bring personal items to work, such as a coffee pot, radio, or calculator, mark them with your name or initials and an identification number.
  • Report any broken or flickering lights, dimly lit corridors, doors that don't lock properly, or broken windows.
  • Be discreet.  Don't advertise your social life or vacation plans (or those of your co-workers) to people who are visiting or calling your place of work.