Working from home comes with many advantages, but it also comes with great responsibility. Structuring your day effectively, avoiding household distractions and when to close up shop for the day are just a few examples. The most important responsibility is keeping yourself protected throughout the day. Working from home can place you at risk from home intruders, particularly when working alone. Build preparation and prevention into your workday and stay safe during office hours.

  • Install deadbolt locks on all exterior doors and keep them locked throughout the day.
  • Leave your security system armed even when home during the day.
  • Keep bushes and trees around your home trimmed to prevent convenient hiding places for intruders.
  • Map out multiple escape routes from your home office to avoid being trapped.
  • Keep window curtains or blinds closed while you are working.
  • Make sure you always have a cordless or cellular phone with you in the room.
  • Never meet clients in your home. Choose a public place instead.
  • Notify a family member, friend or neighbor when and where you plan on meeting a clients, as well as when you expect to return.
  • Never refer to yourself being home alone when on the phone or online.
  • Record outgoing answering machine messages using the phrase “We cannot come to the phone”, instead of “I cannot come to the phone.”
  • Leave a television, radio or light on when away from your home office during the day.
  • Require delivery personnel to provide proper identification before opening the door.
  • Protect yourself by taking a self-defense course.