Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon

When we go to our place of employment, it’s important to keep your guard up against crime and those who might do you and your co-workers harm.

These are some common trouble spots at a workplace and some things to consider as you do your part to create a safe workplace:

  • Reception area – Is the receptionist equipped with a panic button for emergencies, a camera with a monitor at another employee’s desk, and a high security lock on the front door that can be controlled?
  • Stairwells and out-of-the-way corridors – Don’t use the stairs alone. Talk to the building manager about improving poorly lighted corridors and stairways.
  • Elevators – Don’t get into elevators with people who look out of place or behave in a strange or threatening manner. If you find yourself in an elevator with someone who makes you nervous, get off as soon as possible.
  • Restrooms – Make sure restrooms are locked with high security locks and only employees have keys. Be extra cautious when using restrooms that are isolated or poorly lighted.
  • Mailrooms – Is the mailroom accessible only to authorized personnel? Do all employees know what the signs of suspicious mail include?

I’ll share tips on keeping violence out of your workplace in the next entry of my blog.