Combat crime and violence in your workplace

Unfortunately, a crime or act of violence can occur anywhere—including your workplace. In fact, almost 2 million Americans report experiencing violence in the workplace each year.(1) Here are some precautionary tips to help keep your employees safe.(2)

  • Employees should keep their purses, wallets, keys, or other valuables with them at all times or locked in a drawer or closet.
  • Check the identity of any stranger who visits your workplace.
  • Don’t let employees stay late if they’ll be alone in the office. Encourage a buddy system for walking to parking lots or public transportation after hours, or have a security guard available to escort them.
  • Fix any broken or flickering lights, dimly lit corridors, broken windows and doors that don’t lock properly.
  • Ensure that all employees are trained to report concerns and where to locate the company policy for workplace violence.
  • Have a company emergency plan in place.

Click here for more helpful tips on how to combat workplace violence. You can also visit the National Crime Prevention Council’s website at www.ncpc.org for more information and resources to help you participate in Crime Prevention Awareness month with your employees. Be sure to contact your Summit Loss Prevention consultant if you have any questions or need assistance with developing strategies to prevent crime and violence in your workplace.

1 Source: OSHA, https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/workplaceviolence/
2 Source: National Crime Prevention Council, http://www.ncpc.org/topics/workplace-safety/tips-for-staying-safe-at-work/