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Crime Prevention : Safety Tips
In your Office Building
- Reception area:
- Is the receptionist equipped with a panic button for
emergencies, a camera with a monitor at another employee’s
desk, and a lock on the front door that can be controlled?
- Stairwells and out-of-the-way corridors:
- Do not use the stairs alone.
- Talk to the building manager about improving poorly lit
corridors and stairways.
- Lifts (elevators):
- Do not get into lifts with people who look out of place
or behave in a strange or threatening manner. If you find
yourself in a lift with someone who makes you nervous, get
out at the next floor.
- A woman by herself should be very careful of getting
into a lift with more than one man inside.
- Always stand in front of the control panel so you can
press the emergency button if threatened, and always stop
the lift and get out if you feel uncomfortable or threatened
in any way.
- Attackers can hide in toilet cubicles and corners. Make
sure toilets are locked and only employees have keys. Be
extra cautious when using toilets that are isolated or
poorly lit. If possible, do not enter these by yourself, but
go with a colleague or wait for someone else to enter with
- After hours:
- Do not work late by yourself. Create a buddy system for
walking to parking lots or public transportation or ask a
security guard to escort you.
- Parking lots or garages:
- Choose a well-lit, well-guarded parking garage.
- Always lock your car and close the windows. Do not leave
even a small space open - someone may spray gas through the
- When you approach your car, have the key ready. Check
the area around your car for someone hiding next to or
behind it, as well as the floor and front and back seats of
your car before getting in.
- Lock your car as soon as you get in - before you buckle
your seat belt.
- If you notice any strangers hanging around the parking
lot, notify security or the police.
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