When you go to work, don't leave your crime prevention sense at home. Almost any crime that can happen at home or in your neighborhood can happen in the workplace. You can minimize your chances of becoming a victim of crime if you know what situations to avoid and what preventive actions to take.

  • Never leave valuables unattended and unsecured.
  • Keep your purse, wallet, keys, and other valuable items with you at all times, or lock them in a drawer or closet.
  • Always lock your office and any unoccupied room, even when leaving for only a moment.
  • Check the identity of any strangers who are in your office. Offer your assistance and ask them who they are visiting and if you can help them find that person. If they make you uncomfortable, inform your supervisor or the UMUC Security Office of your suspicions.
  • Always let someone know where you’ll be, whether you're coming in late, working late, going to the mailroom, going out to lunch, or going to a meeting.
  • If you bring personal items to work such as a coffee cup, a radio, or a calculator, mark them with your name or initials.
  • If you find weapons, drugs, or other illegal items, do not handle them. Contact UMUC Security with the location of the items you found.

  • Be discreet. Don't advertise your social life and vacation plans or those of your coworkers to people visiting or calling.
  • Be cautious in restrooms. Attackers can hide in stalls and corners.
  • If you're working late, create a buddy system for walking to the parking lot.