Now that social distancing measures have ended, many people are now going back into their place of work rather than working at home. While staying safe from COVID should still be on your mind, there are other aspects of safety that should be considered as you restart the daily commute.
For many people, the daily commute to work is back. While it is important to minimise your risk of contracting COVID-19, it is also important to do as much as you can to keep yourself and your possessions safe too.
Is your house safe?
If you are going back to your place of work, it could be for the first time in 18 months. Understandably, if you have spent most of that time at home, security might not have been a consideration. But now, if you are leaving your house empty all day – ask yourself if it is secure? Are the locks up to date and steadfast? Do you need to consider CCTV or additional security?
If the answer is yes, then if you live in the Peterborough area and want advice on home security, or want extra security installed to keep your home safe when you are at work, give Inta-lock Locksmiths in Peterborough a call on … or email us at …
Keeping your bag safe
If you are hybrid working – spending some days in the office and others working at home – then it is likely you will be taking your equipment, such as a laptop or work mobile phone, with you on your commute. It is also possible you could be carrying sensitive documents or information too.
Expensive equipment will always be a target for thieves, so you need to think about how you keep it safe. Lockable suitcases have been around for many years and can still be effective at keeping things secure. There are also plenty of padlocks available for rucksacks that fit through the loops on the zippers. As with all padlocks, the less of the ‘loop’ that is visible the better as it leaves less to be cut. However, the downside is that if you lose the keys to it, then it is useless.
There are a wide range of specific business luggage products on the market now that are designed to accommodate laptops and the like and are fully lockable. They are also designed for ease of use, such as two-strap backpacks or wheeled products to reduce stress on the body while they are being carried.
If you walk to your place of work, then there are certain risks, especially if you are walking alone and at night. Firstly, plan your route so you know where you are going and don’t need to stop. If possible, stick to areas that are busy and well lit – there is less chance of being mugged if there are lots of people about.
You should also make sure you are aware of your surroundings. Having loud music on through headphones could mean you don’t hear someone approaching. Likewise, don’t look at your phone while walking as you may be less aware of your surroundings. Having your phone on display can also make you a target for an opportunist mugger.
If you are concerned about your safety, there are devices such as personal alarms that emit a loud high-pitched noise when activated, that you can buy.
It is also important to think about your clothing. If you are walking to or from work when it is dark, then it is worth wearing clothes that make you more visible such as those with reflective strips on them.
Using public transport
Currently one of the biggest risks with using public transport is catching COVID-19. The Delta variant of COVID is particularly contagious and, even if you have had both doses of the vaccine, it can still make you feel very ill and cause you to take time off work – so it is better to avoid catching it in the first place.
One main way to avoid catching it is to maintain social distancing – so try to keep at least a metre away from others on the bus, train or tram. Admittedly, this is difficult if you are travelling during peak times, so it is always worth having a mask on as well – even though it is no longer mandatory.
Also, avoid touching surfaces where possible, as coronavirus can live on substances such as metal or plastic for some time. If you do use a high-contact area, wipe or anti-bac your hands straight afterwards. If you can’t do that immediately, be aware of what you are doing with your hands and avoid touching your face until you can wash your hands.
Ventilation is also an important method of reducing the risk of transmission, so open windows on the bus or train you are on if you can.
Driving your own car to work is the safest method of travel in terms of security of your equipment and avoiding the possibility of catching COVID.
However, where you park needs to be considered. While some workplaces offer adequate car parking spaces, others don’t. If you park in a car park or multistorey, be sure to take any valuables with you or, if you do have to leave them in the car, put them out of sight, ideally in the boot to deter any opportunist thieves.
If you park on a road, choose somewhere well lit and where there are lots of people passing by – again, this reduces the chances of it being broken into or stolen. Putting visible security devices such as steering wheel locks on can also help deter criminals.
Following these tips can help you to stay safe as you go to and from work. If you want advice on the security of your home or car, our team of experienced locksmiths can give you impartial advice. For more information, and for a no obligation quote that is competitive with any other locksmith in Peterborough and the surrounding area, call our friendly team