Safely at Home
Increasingly, businesses are allowing their employees to telecommute
and entrepreneurs are running businesses from their homes. Offices
are standard in many homes today and are equipped with the latest
in computers, scanners, printers, faxes, and other expensive equipment.
Remember, it is important to secure yourself and your equipment
when you're working from home.
- Install solid doors and good deadbolt locks on all exterior
doors — and use them.
- Hang window treatments that obstruct the view into your office.
You don't want to advertise what equipment you have.
- Consider installing motion-sensored lighting that will come
on if someone is walking around your yard.
- Keep bushes and trees trimmed so that you can see into your
yard and neighbors can see your house.
- Install a wide-angle viewer in the door of your home office
if it is detached from the main house.
- Look into an alarm system. A basic system can be purchased
for less than $100, plus a monthly monitoring fee.
- Keep a cellular phone handy.
- When meeting a client for the first time, arrange to meet in
a public place, such as a coffee shop or the library — not
- Let someone know when and with whom you have appointments.
- Review your insurance policy — almost all policies require
an extra rider to cover a home office. In the event something
does happen, you want to be covered.
- Mark your equipment with identification numbers and keep an
updated inventory list (with photos, if possible) in a home safe
or a bank safe deposit box. It's a good idea to keep back-ups
of your work in a secure, separate location as well.
- Use the same caution with deliveries as businesses do. Anyone
making a delivery to your home office should be properly identified
before you open the door. Do not let the person enter your home.
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