Crime Prevention in the workplace

Crime in the workplace is an problem that can be greatly reduced by implementing some of the common sense tips below.

Safety tips, advice, and resources found in this section have been recommended by a number of reputable organizations devoted to travel safety. You will find links to these and other safety-related organizations throughout this site.

Plan to Prevent loss

Take a hard look at your business -- its physical layout, employees, hiring practices, and overall security. Assess its vulnerability to all kinds of crime, from burglary to embezzlement. Some basic prevention principles include:

  1. Training all employees, they must be familiar with security procedures and know your expectations.
  2. Use ULC approved locks, safes, and monitored alarm systems.
  3. In case of a disaster or emergency ensure you have backups of all files offsite.
  4. Establish clear policies for your employees regarding opening and closing procedures, substance abuse,
  5. Mark all equipment with an identification number. Keep a record of all identification numbers off the premises with other important records.
  6. Security can make all the difference because most crimes in your business may be deterred with the presence of a camera.
Office Crime Prevention
  1. Keep valuables such as your purse, wallet, watch on your person or locked in a safe drawer or room.
  2. Ensure employees have photo ID cards and are trained to question strangers who are wandering the office.
  3. Limit access to secure areas of the business.
  4. Encourage the reporting any broken or flickering lights, dimly lit corridors, doors that don't lock properly, or broken windows.
Valuable Company Information
Details that may be common knowledge around the office could be very valuable to a competitor. Employees need to understand that company information must be kept private and confidential. A few tips to help this process are listed below.
  1. Don't discuss private details of your job in public where you could be overheard.
  2. Always know who your sending information to. The competition or fraudsters may try and get sensitive data tramitted to them.
  3. Keep your work area clean lock all sensitive material in a cabinet when you're not around.
  4. Don't throw out paper with sensitive data, make sure it get shred.
  5. Use the password system on your computer and lock your systems whenever you leave your desk.
  6. Email is not a secure method of communication so don't send confidential or personal information on your e-mail system.
Added tips:
  1. Reception area -- Ensure the reception area is equipped with a panic button or monitored by security through closed circuit television.
  2. Stairwells & Parkades -- Encourage employees to travel to parkades and remote parts of a building with a co-worker, especially at night.
  3. Restrooms -- Make sure restrooms are locked and only employees have keys. Be extra cautious when using restrooms that are isolated or poorly lighted.

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