I miss the days of being a full time stay at home/work from home mom. It was great not having to deal with traffic, driving in inclement weather, having to be some place at a specific time every day and being able to work at my computer in my pajamas with a mug of coffee to my side.
Did you know that there are roughly 122 million people who work full time outside of the home, working an average of 47 hours per week or more (According to a Gallup study). That doesn’t include part time employees like me.
People often have to bring valuable things to work with them, such as their smartphone, tablet, laptop, wallet and other important items. When you are in an office setting or work environment, how do you keep these items safe? You can’t keep your eye on them at every moment. There will come times when you’ll have to be away from your valuables.
Master Lock has some great tips to help you protect your belongings.
“Most people spend a majority of their time at work, which makes it important to take the necessary steps to ensure a safe and secure workplace,” said Rebecca Smith, vice president, marketing for Master Lock. “We want to provide reliable products and tips to help create a secure work environment.
Check out their great tips, as well as product suggestions.
Secure Spare Keys: With 73 percent of U.S. and Canadian residents working outside of their home,* hiding a spare house key under a mat or rock makes consumers susceptible to possible break-ins and thefts. Provide secure access to cleaning services, maintenance workers, babysitters or a family member with a trusted key lock box, such as the Master Lock 5422D Portable Key Safe, which offers keyless convenience and secure storage of keys and access cards to provide peace of mind when at the office. Be selective when giving out the code, and only provide access to trusted friends, family and workers.
Protect Personal Valuables: Approximately 50 percent of people who bring valuables to work do not have a secure place to store them.* Whether in the office or traveling, securing smartphones, wallets, electronic devices and other small valuables in a personal safe, such as the Master Lock 5900D SafeSpace, helps prevent theft. Designed with a durable cable, the Master Lock 5900D SafeSpace can be wrapped around a fixed object at the office or in a hotel room when traveling for work– providing lightweight and portable convenience. Larger items of value, such as a purse or backpack, should be secured in a cabinet or drawer.
Stay Safe and Organized Online: Most offices are equipped with computers, software programs and the Internet for employees to use to complete their work efficiently. Keeping track of numerous logins and documents as well as ensuring this information is stored in a safe place can be a daunting task. To stay digitally organized, use the Master Lock Vault – a free, digital safe deposit box, to store passwords and digital copies of important documents in a secure, reliable location for easy access from any smart phone or computer. And, employees should always log-off or place their computers in sleep mode when stepping away from workstations.
Protect Important Documents: Organization is key when starting and settling into any job. Contracts, employee tax forms and other important paperwork can quickly pile up if you do not have a secure place to keep these documents. Using a Sentry Safe FHW40120 Large Lock File will help protect your sensitive information from theft, flood and fire threats as well as provide easy office organization with the ability to store hanging file folders. Be sure to shred any sensitive documents when they are no longer needed to keep them from falling into the wrong hands.
Lock Up Before Leaving: Whether working remotely at a coffee shop, taking a business trip or hitting the gym after work, locking luggage, briefcases and laptop or gym bags will help protect valuables in transit. A TSA-Accepted Luggage Lock, such as the Master Lock 4680DBLK, will help keep belongings safe on-the-go. The Master Lock 4680DBLK and 4680DNKL Luggage Locks offer resistance to cutting, and are TSA approved so screeners can inspect and relock your baggage without damaging the lock. It’s also important to keep small personal items in front pockets. Leaving valuables in back pockets makes them easy targets for pickpockets.
I have the Master Lock 5422D Portable Key Safe. It’s like a “mini safe” that you can keep extra keys in for neighbors, cleaning service, babysitter or dog walker.
This “mini safe” (which is what I refer to it as – or the “key safe”) attaches to your front door knob (no tools required). Inside is enough room to house a couple of keys. In order to gain access to those keys you’ll need to know the pass code (which you will set up yourself – it’s easy). Only give the pass code to trusted people. If need be you can change the pass code at any time.
It’s easy to use. Once you set up your pass code you can gain access to the interior keys simply by pressing the buttons on the keypad (your pass code). Once unlocked you’ll find the key/keys inside a special compartment.
It’s also difficult to remove the lock off the door knob, so you don’t have to worry about someone stealing it while they try to figure out your pass code.
This brief video shows you how this handy lock works.
We don’t really have anyone that would need to gain access to our home except me, my husband and our kids. We all have keys, but there have been times our daughter has left her key home (inside). Usually one of us is around to unlock the door for her but there was one time she had to wait outside our condo door for almost two hours because we were stuck in New York City (traffic) and had no way to get home to her sooner to unlock the door.
One of my biggest fears is when we take the dog out for a walk. We always unlock the door before we leave, but I am so worried that one day one of us (mostly me) will forget and I’ll be stuck outside with our dog for hours. I usually leave my phone inside so I would have no way to call for help either. That is why I feel its important to have the portable key safe. We were going to attach the key to the leash somehow (or even our dog’s collar), but this makes it much easier, and safer. Heaven forbid if someone is attacked and the attacker gets a hold of our key that is dangling off the leash.
I think these are great tips. I can’t necessarily apply them to where I work, and my husband has a locked desk and cabinet at his disposal, but for others I’m sure these tips will come in handy.
Do you have any additional safety tips you would like to share?
Has anything of value to you ever been stolen while on the job or traveling?
*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.