Over the last decade there were more than 7,000 homicides nationwide that occurred in the work place, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most of these homicides involved robberies by an unknown assailant, while 1,000 involved work colleagues.
CCTV Cameras has become an effective means in the prevention of crime as well as supporting local authorities in identifying assailants. CCTV camera video is often used in the courtroom to assist in the determination that a crime was committed and by whom.
Traditional robbery, which usually targets convenience stores, banks, etc., has caused an increase in security. Too, the recession has driven potential thieves to even more desperate measures by targeting business offices. Offices can provide easy access to expensive items like laptops, cell phones and unattended cash. An employee’s sense of safety and security along with a company’s reputation can be destroyed from violence perpetrated by thieves, disgruntled former employees, angry customers and even bitter spouses. To prevent these occurrences, employers are installing CCTV Cameras to deter crime. CCTV cameras include Bullet Cameras, Dome Cameras, Full Size Cameras and PTZ cameras, which are available with multiple features and are adaptable to any location, both inside and outside the property, in daylight or darkness. In the event a crime occurs, CCTV cameras can capture the crime and suspects and replay it instantly.
Employers and employees working together should develop unified policies and procedures to help make their places of business safer. With everyone being involved and knowing there is a plan in place can in itself be a deterrent to workplace violence. To start developing a plan of action here are few tips and suggestions to get started:
- Create policies and procedures for properly handling an incident and ensure your employees are well trained. If policies exist, review them periodically to ensure they are up to date.
- Consider hiring a security agency to survey the workplace and identify vulnerabilities.
- When hiring employees or contractors, complete a full national background check.
- Install CCTV cameras to monitor and record both inside and outside of the building. It is a valuable tool for helping to identify perpetrators and aid law enforcement agencies before, during, and after a crime has been committed.
- Implement an access control system and/or a visitor management system.
Safety tips for employees:
- Stay aware of your surroundings. Take note of unfamiliar people that may be acting suspicious or are without the proper identification, such as a badge or an I.D. card. Immediately report them to your company’s security department. Never approach anyone you think may pose a threat.
- If you feel uncomfortable walking to and from your car, ask for an escort from the building security or a trusted co-worker.
- Never leave your purse or other valuables in an unlocked drawer in your desk. A majority of robbery related incidents in the workplace are related to personal theft.
- Make a request to add CCTV security cameras in common areas that may be off the main path or in isolated areas.
- Learn what your company’s policies are in the event of an evacuation or lockdown. Know exactly where to go and what to do.
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Written by Mike Hassebrock from The Security Product Depot