Working in an office day-to-day, it’s easy to forget the security measures and features of the office that keep you, your peers and your company safe.  A typical office contains a lot of expensive equipment from technology to furniture, so its important security is in place. Here are some things to consider when putting into place/reviewing office security.

Design Features

The way an office is designed can determine the safety of the workplace. The most common design offices have in terms of security is ensuring there is a division between a secure area, and a non-secure area:
  • A secure area is one where only authorised individuals can access, either through means of a key, passcode or simply being a familiar face to the receptionist. These people will be regular employees who spend most days in the building, recognised by reception staff on arrival and other employees throughout the day.
  • A non-secure area is the opposite, where visitors or anyone from the street are able to access – this is likely to be the lobby/reception area. Visitors/clients or anyone else entering the non-secure area can only access the secure area when authorised to do so by the receptionist. This system is safe and in use of lots of offices, as it ensures no intruders can easily enter the secure area.
Looking at space design further, the non-secure area should have refreshment facilities and a bathroom for anyone to use if needed, to avoid the need to let an unauthorised individual into the secure area to use such facilities.

Windows

While exteriors comprised entirely of glass look sleek and smart, be cautious in the glass you choose. Tinted glass is strongly advised if you have interior security features visible from the outside, as intruders/criminals may scope out the area if planning an attack – and with plain, transparent glass, this is making it easy for them to do so without even entering the building. Tinted glass looks smart while subtly protecting the premises.

Self-Security

While the design and access of the building are extremely important to monitor, being cautious and secure of yourself is also crucial. Ensure you keep your form of ID and valuables like mobile phone and wallet in a safe place or on your person at all times. This isn’t to say you’re likely to be untrusting of your co-workers as you may have great relationships with all of them – however there is little harm in reducing carelessness and increasing awareness with personal belongings at work.

Technology

While a lot of companies allow employees to use personal laptops at work, the ones belonging to the company should be equipped with reliable security software in order to protect from cyber-attacks. Cyber-attacks could be dangerous to a company if confidential details/files are accessed.

Advice should be given in terms of social media use amongst those at the company, to ensure information shared doesn’t put the company (and safety of) at risk in any way.

As for company technological devices, it’s a good idea to put passwords on them to ensure they are accessed by only those authorised to do so.

CCTV

CCTV is the best way to monitor activity in and around the office building. External will not only monitor activity but also act as a deterrent to criminals; if they see high-tech security from the outside, it may mean they decide not to risk any criminal activity through fear of getting watched and caught.  Internal CCTV is great for of course monitoring activity inside the building and can be useful for solving problems or conflicts at work.


Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our Content Writer.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry with a love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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