1. Don't leave extra keys under doormats, potted plants or any other obvious outdoor location. Thieves will generally find them. Find an inconspicuous place to hide the keys, or give a set to a neighbor you can trust.
2. Keep garage doors closed at all times. Even when you're home, it's important to safeguard your belongings and your family. By keeping garage doors closed, it prohibits intruders from gaining access to a door that leads directly into your home
3. Store cash, jewelry and other valuables in a safe or safety deposit box instead of leaving them lying around the home. Helping protect your investments and furnishing your home with a security system can help lower your risk of a home invasion or burglary.
4. Create the illusion that someone is at your house if you're away for an extended period of time. Leave a TV or stereo on in a room where a burglar would most likely break in. Use exterior lighting and motion detectors to minimize burglar concealment
5. Don't leave notes on the door for service people or family members when you're not there. These alert the burglar that you are not home
6. Never leave candles or other open flames burning unattended
7. Don't leave hot irons, or burning stovetops and outdoor grills unattended while in use. Double-check that you've turned them off after use
8. Make sure all exterior doors have good proper locks
9. Designate only a few employees that are allowed to open and lock your office at the start and end of the business day. Ideally, entrance doors should only be unlocked when someone is there to monitor who is coming and going. If your office is equipped with an access control system, the system should remain 'on control' until reception coverage begins. The system should then be put back 'on control' as soon as possible after reception coverage ends. Part of the closing procedure should include checking areas such as closets and restrooms where persons could hide. If it is necessary to accommodate employees arriving and departing before or after reception coverage, install electronic card access on one (or more) access doors.
10. . Laptops and PC's are prime choices for thieves. Preventing computer theft begins with an effective reception security program to keep 'opportunistic' thieves and pre-attack 'probers' out. Where the use of a full-time receptionist cannot be justified, a restricted-use telephone, internal telephone directory, and appropriate signage should be located outside a suitable access door. Phone directories, which can be accessed by thieves, should not list job titles or departments. Criminals will often use the names of senior company officials to justify what they are doing.
11. Do not leave your valuables unattended. Secure all valuables (purses, wallets, backpacks, etc.) in a locked drawer or cabinet when leaving your work space, or out of sight in the trunk when leaving your vehicle. Carry only what you need.
12. Record serial numbers of all valuable office items and equipment. If anything is stolen or missing, a record of serial numbers will aid in the recovery of the items.
13. All unfamiliar people entering the office should be gently questioned as to who they would like to meet.
In this way you will not only be helping genuine visitors but also scaring away those who are not there for any valid reason.