Personal Security at Work

Safety is the watchword of the day for this blog. We have tips to keep you safe at work. It is basic common sense, but it helps to see them in print to remind you of potential danger and how to deal with it. Many people ask me about carrying a weapon when they find out that I am a security guard. I don’t jump on this right away. This is a huge decision that must be discussed with your spouse and family. It is a major commitment to keep a gun in the house. I doubt if any companies allow employees to possess one on the job, on their person or in a locked drawer. If you feel that threatened, you should work for a business that employs a security guard like banks do as a rule.

When at work, you should first assess the situation before assuming that weapon is the choice of protection. It will deter attackers and thieves for sure, but it may cause deadly accidents. Only very experienced people should ever carry a gun. It requires special training including classes in safety tactics. You never want to see a trigger-happy individual toting a weapon of any type.

Next to a gun for self-protection, there are other things you can do. I have narrowed them down to six:

  1. Take a course in self-defense and learn about basic tactics in common situations. At the very least look up material online and imitate the moves. Confidence comes with practice. Just taking a position of self-defense will deter many assailants. If you become particularly adept, by all means use what you know.
  2. While office invasions are not as common as home invasions, anything can happen. It may come from within your building. A disgruntled employee toting a rifle is not unheard of. Find out if there is a designated safe room on your floor or where you could hide if a shooter is on premises.
  3. If you suspect someone is following you into the parking lot, seek help first. Do not enter an unlocked car as a mugger or hijacker could lurk in the back seat. There is safety in numbers so gravitate toward people you know. Attackers don’t like groups.
  4. When traveling for work, prepare your backpack, briefcase or other bag with the right items and consider these tips to keep it secure: Consider mace or pepper spray as the first line of defense. Again, do not store a loaded weapon. If you carry an unloaded gun as a deterrent, it may backfire on you and force the attacker to use deadly force.
  5. Create a company “neighborhood watch” so that you know what to do in an emergency. Know where the back staircases are and if there are hidden elevators to use for escape purposes. Encourager members of the watch team to be observant. They may be able to text others as a warning.
  6. When confronting a threatening person, do not aggravate him with aggressive actions or hostile language. Don’t provoke him as you may make matters worse.
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