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Office Security

What does a thief look like? A thief looks like and can be anybody. Who could the thief be? It could be someone off the street, a legitimate visitor or even an employee.

A thief can be anyone!
A thief is an opportunist!
A thief wants to be quick!

Everyone can help reduce the chances of theft occurring in the workplace by employing these basic practices on a daily basis:

  • Always lock your office door, drawers and cabinets when you need to leave your workspace.
  • Never leave a laptop in an unlocked office, meeting area, or other unsecured area.
  • Never leave keys, money, checks or valuables of any kind out in plain view, in unsecured areas or in jacket or coat pockets.
  • Never leave packages near doorways, lobbies, in conference rooms, break rooms, cafeterias, rest rooms, on desks, etc.
  • Pay attention to people who do not belong in the areas where you work.
    • Engage such people by saying "Excuse me? You appear to be lost. May I help you?"
    • Pay attention to what they are wearing and other personal characteristics in case a description needs to be relayed to Security.
  • Report suspicious people or activity to security immediately. Give your name, department, phone extension, the location of the suspicious person and a description.
  • Be discreet. Never advertise plans for being away to visitors you don’t know or people calling your place of work.
  • Report broken or flickering lights, dimly lit corridors, doors and windows that are broken or don’t close or lock properly. Don’t assume someone else will do it.

Security Tip Line

security tip line

Call 410-614-3903 to report a security offense. Call this line if you witness a crime or have info concerning criminal or suspicious activity. You do not have to give your name.

10 Ways to Prevent Campus Crime

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