Security should be an important aspect of everyone’s safety, whether we are talking home or office security. You can never be certain of the circumstances that may arise. This is why you should do everything in your power to protect yourself against potential robbery, theft, break-in, or, in worst scenarios, being physically hurt as a result of a security failure.
Consider these security tips listed below for an increased office security and a peaceful mind.
Secure the firm’s parking lot
Parking lots are probably the least safe place to be around at night; with so many curves and corners, there’s always a danger of someone skulking around the corners waiting for their next victim or simply going for the full prize – your car. Not that we want to scare you, but unfortunately – you do need to be extra careful in these areas. To secure it, have both your parking lot and office building covered with security cameras. Also, make sure everything is properly lit. Prior to going into the office, make sure your car’s alarm is activated and all windows and doors are closed shut.
Wear identity badges
Identity badges with their employment number/security code and a picture is a pretty great thing to have when you want to be sure you are letting trusted people into the building. Also, office clients who come for a visit should have guest identity badges so there’s no confusion. If you want to go an extra mile security-wise, you can have the guests talk to the front desk who then phone you to double-check if they were expected.
ID cards are pretty basic, standard security measures to ensure you know everyone who is coming and going out of the office.
Keep your passwords private
All personal passwords like keys, credit cards, key cards, computer passwords and identity badges need to stay with you. You never know who might misuse them and for what. You really don’t want to be held responsible if someone abuses your data. Also, make sure all your personal information is with you at all times. Don’t leave your wallet, purse, keys or office belongings laying around your workspace – the least harmful thing that can happen is that someone steals your money. The worst – they may steal all your documents and abuse your identity data for God knows what.
Don’t let uninvited people into the building
All clients you are already working with come by appointment and those that are running the race to become clients will have their scheduled time of arrival and have the secretary at the front desk informed of everything. Make clear instructions that nobody who doesn’t have an ID badge or a scheduled meeting comes further than the door. You can additionally secure the building by installing electronic locks that can be unlocked only with the appropriate card key, RFID (Radio-frequency identification) tags or something similar. Locks can also be connected to alarm systems which, go off in the case of a break in. Hire a locksmith to install locks where necessary.
Label your office equipment
Believe it or not, but – office equipment if the target of theft pretty often and it usually starts with small things like headphones, PC mice, and keyboards and it goes on to printers, scanners, monitors, entire computers, laptops, etc. To help trace your equipment if it gets stolen (or to ensure it doesn’t) label your office equipment with seals that have your logo and inventory number on. Put the list of office equipment somewhere visible everyone can easily check whether everything is in its place. Also, if you’ve got a thief within the team, they’ll be subtly warned not to even try and steal something as you’re keeping a close watch.
We hope our advice helped and that you won’t have to go through any sort of discomfort having to do with robbery or misuse of your office property.