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Safety Tips for People Working Alone

Do you ever get the creeps working by yourself late at night, or when you’re the last one to leave the office? That fear is legitimate, as you truly don’t know what or who is out there, and what they’re motivation might be to harm you. Be sure to follow the below safety tips while working alone so you don’t become a statistic.

INSTALL A SECURITY SYSTEM

This is one of the most important safety tips for working alone. A robust security system is essential to making sure you stay safe and your space is protected, especially if you’re always the last one out of the office. Not to mention, you’ll be able to tell if someone is breaking in due to the alarm going off and the police will be notified as well. Luckily, the alarm may scare off the potential criminal and you may not need law enforcement. Either way, be sure your employer has cameras set up surrounding the building.

LOCK THE DOORS WHEN YOU ENTER AND EXIT
The last thing you want is for an unwanted person entering your office when you’re working alone. This situation not only exposes the valuables in your office to culprits, but it make YOU vulnerable to attack or potentially threatening situation. Be sure to lock the door behind you and have your keys AND cell phone on you at ALL times.


BE AWARE + PREPARE

Before exiting your office building or car, look out the window and around the parking lot to acquaint yourself with what is outside. When exiting, be sure that your back is not to the outside for too long and always have your car or house keys and smartphone (with a personal security app installed) in your hand – not in your purse, in a briefcase or on the floor. If you have a pepper spray keychain or something to that effect, have that in your hands as well. That way, if you are surprised by an unwanted individual or group, you’ll be prepared to take action IMMEDIATELY.

EQUIP WITH A PERSONAL SECURITY APP
Also, be sure to download a personal security app with a panic button, GPS tracking and fast response like LifeFone Mobile Alert™ to help protect you when you leave the office. Crimes can occur anywhere and the journey from your office to your car is no exception. Protect yourself and ensure that in the event of an attack or unwanted approach you are ready to access help – fast.

DON’T LEAVE VALUABLES IN CAR
One of our other safety tips also pertains to outside of the office. Don’t leave valuables in the car, ever. Although it may not always involve the safety of yourself per se, it could potentially involve the safety of your belongings such as your identity – if there is a credit card or passport in your vehicle and it is stolen. Save yourself a headache and don’t leave jewelry, technology, money, or anything else of value in your car. Not to mention, a broken window can be pretty pricey if the thief sees something they like. Be sure to have or install an alarm system in your car as well.

Although these safety tips may seem a bit extreme, it is far better to be safe than sorry. At LifeFone, we want our customers to be safe, happy and healthy – and we can help.

(Originally published September 14th, 2015 by http://smartteksystems.com/)