Today’s workplaces and taskforces require all the safety and security they can get, former homicide task force leader Colin McLaren tells Eve Ash. Preventing crime at work starts with implementing proactive safety and security policies. It requires being on the lookout for warning signs (eg. unusual behaviors, moods, threats, bullying, thefts) and diffusing buildups where possible. Leaders should consult a safety expert and introduce newsletters, scenario training and security protocols. A business’s assets also need securing and proper surveillance. Be vigilant with the surrounds of your business too – look out for arson and vandalism. It comes down to a culture of safety, training and good policies.
Workplaces and taskforces are sometimes confronted with aggression or crime. This requires:
• Proactive safety policies
• Spotting warning signs (behaviors, moods, threats, bullying)
• Developing a security regime
• Safety updates for all staff
• Skilled management
• Scenario training
• Security protocols
• A secure lock up process
• Protecting assets
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