When you go to work, don’t leave your crime prevention sense at home. Almost any crime that can happen at your home or in your neighborhood can happen in your workplace.

As you read through the checklists, make sure the person responsible for your building, be it the owner, manager, or landlord, has taken care to create safe workplace. If not, volunteer to lead a group to work with the management to make sure that your work environment is safe.

Keep your purse, wallet, keys, or other valuable items with your at all times or locked in a drawer or closet.

Check the identity of any strangers who are in your office—ask whom they are visiting and if you can help them find that person. Don’t forget to request identification from service or utility workers as well. If this makes you uncomfortable, inform security or management about your suspicions.

Do not allow visitors to be alone in your office space. Be sure to provide an escort at all times.

Be discreet. Don’t advertise your social life or vacation plans and those of your co-workers to people visiting or calling your place of work.

I’ll share more with you about workplace safety in next week’s edition of Koon’s Watch. We’ll be looking at those areas in an office that can, at times, be trouble spots.