Workplace Security

  • Ensure that everyone knows and follows existing safety measures, fire procedures, and escape routes.
  • Plan emergency exits. Know about safe places and pay phones.
  • Know who is responsible for building security and who to contact in an emergency.
  • Consider having locked washrooms.
  • Always place purses and valuables out of sight.
  • Install a communication or buzzer system at the reception desk and in isolated workareas. Develop a policy on response to the buzzer.
  • Ensure receptionists have more than one exit from their workstation.
  • Make sure there is a clear exit route from the service desk to the door.
  • Know staff in other stores and businesses; be aware of their schedules. Set up a business watch program with other neighboring businesses.
  • Make sure that back doors or secondary doors are locked.
  • Preprogram phones to 911 or local police emergency number.
  • Install phones in isolated area such as storage rooms.
  • Have an alarm installed that rings in the workplace and a neighboring business or household.
  • Attackers expect alarm buttons to be at the desk. Place them elsewhere, where customers will not be setting them off accidentally, but where staff can reach them.
  • Install several buttons. Put them by all doors, store rooms and coolers.
  • Install good outside lighting and check all lighting before it gets dark.
  • Ensure the service desk is visible through windows and is well lit.
  • Make sure windows are not obscured. Ensure passers-by can see in.
  • Develop a buddy system for employees to get to cars or bus stops after work.