CRIME PREVENTION & HELPFUL INFORMATION
FOR INCIDENTS, SUCH AS THEFTS, ACTS OF VANDALISM, THREATS AND SUSPICIOUS INDIVIDUALS, CONTACT CAPITOL POLICE AT 787-3199 (VOICE/TDD)
• In the event you receive a terrorist threat or bomb threat at your work location, it is imperative for your safety and the safety of others that the police having jurisdiction for your area be contacted immediately. Refer to the back of the Commonwealth Telephone Directory for Bomb Threat Instructions.
• DO NOT IGNORE ANY THREAT OR SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY - TAKE EVERY THREAT SERIOUSLY.
• For your safety, do not leave briefcases, handbags, back packs or other items unattended. If a suspicious package or item arrives in your office or is found in a stairwell or hallway contact Capitol Police at 787-3199 (voice/TDD) or the police having jurisdiction for your area.
• For more information, refer to Management Directive 720.7 - Bomb Threats and Suspicious Packages.
• Know your building’s surroundings, evacuation plan, and always use stairwells when being evacuated.
• Do not use cell phones during an emergency evacuation
• Office coffee funds, etc. should be locked in a secure drawer or cabinet.
• Do not bring valuable personal items into the office. Keep items such as wallets and purses locked up and out of plain view.
• When you are away from your desk, advise appropriate staff of your absence, and if possible, lock your office door to protect valuable equipment from theft.
• Before going home at the end of a workday, secure items such as lap top computers in a drawer or cabinet. Turn-off electrical appliances such as coffee pots. Lock all doors.
• When a repairperson arrives in your office to work on equipment, ask for company identification.
• When going to and from parking lots/garages, walk with a group or utilize the buddy system.
• Have your car keys ready for immediate entry into your vehicle.
• Keep your vehicle locked while it is parked and while you are driving.
• Do not keep packages, etc. visible while your car is parked.
• Always be observant when walking to your vehicle. If you fear for your safety, turn around and go back to a phone and call for help.
• Always notify someone that you will be working late and give them a phone number where you can be reached.
• Capitol Police will provide an escort to your vehicle after normal work hours by calling them at 787-3199 (voice/TDD) at least one half hour before you are ready to depart your work site.
• Don't panic when you see the K-9 Unit is in your building. The K-9 Unit makes routine patrols throughout the Capitol Complex and outlying buildings to insure the safety of those that it protects. Their presence does not necessarily mean that there is a bomb scare.
• The dogs are friendly, however, do not attempt to pet, feed, and gesture or call the dogs. They are working dogs and should not be distracted.