Do you ever get the creeps working by yourself late at night, or when you’re the last one to leave the office? No matter how safe your neighborhood may seem, walking to your car alone in the dark can be a cause for concern.
Working alone, especially during late hours, or being the last person to leave the office, can evoke a sense of fear and vulnerability. The unknown threats lurking outside and the potential harm they may bring are legitimate concerns. To ensure your safety and peace of mind, consider these safety tips while working alone, so you don’t become a statistic.
Here are a few steps to take:
- Lock Doors When Entering and Exiting: Preventing unwanted access to your office is vital. Always remember to lock the doors when you enter and exit your workspace. This measure not only safeguards your valuables from potential theft but also keeps you secure from any potential attacks or threats. Keep your keys and cell phone on you at all times, as they are essential tools in maintaining your safety.
- Be Aware and Prepare: Before leaving your office or car, take a moment to observe your surroundings through the window and the parking lot. Familiarize yourself with the environment and potential risks. When exiting, avoid exposing your back to the outside for an extended period, and keep your car or house keys and smartphone in hand – not in your purse, briefcase, or on the floor. Consider carrying a pepper spray keychain or similar self-defense tool to be prepared to respond swiftly if you encounter an unwanted individual or group.
- Avoid Leaving Valuables in Your Car: Another safety tip extends beyond the office environment – never leave valuables in your car. Protect yourself from potential identity theft or losses by refraining from leaving jewelry, technology, money, or any other valuable items in your vehicle. Additionally, consider installing an alarm system in your car to deter thieves and safeguard your belongings.
If you are a business owner, there are a number of things you can do to enhance the safety of those who work alone or late at night.
- Install a Security System: One of the most crucial safety measures for those working alone is to have a robust security system in place. A comprehensive security system not only keeps your employees safe but also protects your workspace. The alarm itself may deter potential criminals, preventing the need for immediate law enforcement intervention. Additionally, ensure that cameras are set up to monitor the building’s surroundings, providing an extra layer of protection.
- Equip Lone Workers with a Personal Emergency Response System: Ensure your employee’s safety when leaving the office with LifeFone’s Safe Watch Active®. This wearable device is an excellent way to get emergency help and it also monitors heart rate, tracks steps, provides daily weather and offers optional fall detection. Remember, crimes and emergencies can occur anywhere and to anyone, including the journey from the office to the car, so being prepared with a device that offers quick assistance is simply smart!
Adding these layers of protection are important for both the employee and employer alike and simply make good sense!
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