Preventing Office Thefts

Information provided by the Louisville Metro Police Department

Crime Tip Hotline:  502-574-LMPD (5673)

  • Tips to help prevent being victimized
  • For most of us, our office is our home away from home. 
  • We spend a great deal of time there each day. 
  • Unfortunately, some people see our offices as a target of opportunity. 
  • The person may be a co-worker or a stranger who wanders in off of the street. 
  • To help fight this we need to practice good security measures and take care of our valuables and belonging

Things to remember:

  • Thieves can look like anyone. 
    • Often they will dress like they belong there.
  • If you do see someone who looks out of place, try to not the person's appearance in case it is needed later.
  • If your office has security, report any strange persons to them. 
    • Also consider notifying police so that they may be on the lookout.
  • If you don't fee comfortable approaching someone, ask security or the police to check the situation out.
  • Be careful with your valuables. 
    • Do not leave personal items of value unguarded or in the open. 
    • Do not let others see what you have to take. 
    • Keep your purse or wallet in a secure area. 
    • Most thieves know to look in desk drawers. 
    • Keep those areas locked.
  • Do not keep hidden keys to valuables in your desk drawers. 
    • Thieves know to to look in such places.
  • Never assume someone is authorized to be in your building. 
    • Keep an eye out for strangers in your workplace. 
    • If someone looks like they don't belong try to find out what they are doing there. 
    • It may be a new person, a customer, someone lost or someone up to no good. 
    • Ask a simple question like "May I help you?", which may deter unwelcome strangers.
  • Try to restrict access to private areas of your office. 
    • We all need customers to be able to access us. 
    • Should strangers have free access to private offices or other areas? 
    • If your office has a security policy, honor it. 
    • While it may be inconvenient at times, it can help you avoid becoming a victim.
  • Do not carry valuable items into your office in plain view. 
    • Do not leave boxes or packaging outside your office. 
    • You never know who might be watching.
  • If possible, lock your office when you are not in it. 
    • This will keep unwanted persons from getting into your office.
  • Never share office keys or office key codes. 
    • If you are not in control of those items, you are not in control of access to your office.
  • Do not leave access doors propped open or unlocked. 
    • This will grant access to your building to anyone who comes along.
  • Do not leave notes advertising that you are away from your office or when you will return. 
    • This gives thieves a timeframe to commit their crimes.
  • Keep a list of serial numbers on valuable items. 
    • This will help the police in their attempts to recover your property and capture the wrongdoer.

But if you are a victim:

  • Contact the police to file a report and document the theft. 
    • For reports only, please call our Telephone Reporting Unit at 574-4661.
  • Notify office security of the theft. 
    • Ask if they have video that may be of assistance to the police department.
  • Do not touch anything in the area of the theft until after speaking with the police. 
    • There may be evidence in the area that can aid police in solving the crime.
  • If your personal information is stolen, contact the credit reporting companies to have a fraud alert placed on your account.
    • Equifax:  1-800-525-6285
    • Experian:  1-888-397-3742
    • TransUnion:  1-800-680-7289

For more information about other crime prevention programs, contact your Division Resource Officer.

  • 1st Division:  502-574-7167
  • 2nd Division:  502-574-2478
  • 3rd Division: 502-574-2135
  • 4th Division:  502-574-7010
  • 5th Division:  502-574-7636
  • 6th Division:  502-574-2187
  • 7th Division:  502-574-2133
  • 8th Division:  502-574-2258
  • Police Dispatch - Urban:  502-574-7111
  • Police Dispatch - Suburban:  502-2111

In case of an EMERGENCY dial 911