Any office environment should have procedures in place to be followed by the staff in the event of an emergency, whether this is due to a natural disaster like a fire or a serious breach of security.
In the Event of Fire
Staff should know where the emergency equipment is stored, and should be trained to use it if need be. Office staff should be able to easily locate fire extinguishers, fire blankets, first aid equipment and the telephone numbers for the local emergency services. They should be familiar with the fire drill.
Keys must never be left lying where unauthorised persons could easily gain access to them. This includes “hiding” keys around the perimeter of the office building, which only makes them more accessible to unscrupulous people.
All office staff should know what their responsibilities are with regards to admitting visitors into an office where large amounts of cash is stored. In the event that an unauthorised person is given access to the office, they should not be confronted if they seem prepared to use violence. If possible, staff should try to keep control of vulnerable data and take it with them in the event that an emergency evacuation is carried out.
Protecting Your Staff from Intruders
Offices that are known to store large amounts of cash are naturally more at risk of burglary as well as internal thefts. Staff could be coerced into handing over cash to a burglar or even threatened if they do not open a safe that is clearly visible to an intruder who wants to gain access to it. More and more offices are therefore protecting themselves and their employees by making sure their safe is not visible.
Wall and Under Floor Security Safes
New sophisticated technology means that safes have more complicated locking technologies than ever before, and can be installed and concealed almost anywhere, for example on the walls hidden behind mirrors or paintings.
While wall safes are only as secure as the wall to which they are fitted, underfloor security safes tend to be more robust and are easier to conceal. With most flooring able to support the weight of a lightweight underfloor safe, they are a great investment and can withstand natural phenomena like fire and water as well as being strong enough to survive the collapse of a building.
Underfloor security safes are a popular solution to the problem of theft by reducing the visibility of the safe, which remains completely out of sight. They work well if space is limited in an office environment and are very effectively disguised if covered by a rug with a large piece of furniture placed on top of it.
It requires a great deal of hard work and effort in order to gain forced entry to a well-secured safe and so they are an excellent deterrent for thieves. Staff do not normally have access to underfloor security safes themselves but can only make deposits via a deposit chute or other similar means, so they cannot be forced to assist a burglar when under duress.