Although we don’t like to believe it, workplace violence is common. “Nearly two million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year,” according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

However, security equipment can prevent workplace violence and keep employees safe. Here are the top items to consider:

1. Video Surveillance

If your business is equipped with visible surveillance cameras, then employees will be less likely to commit a violent act, as they know they are being monitored. Cameras also increase workplace visibility, allowing you to keep an eye on your business at anytime from anywhere.

While privacy laws prevent you from installing cameras everywhere in your business, there are places you can legally monitor to ensure a safe work environment. Consider installing cameras:

  • Above entranceways.
  • Around the building’s perimeter.
  • Behind cash registers.
  • In break rooms.
  • In reception areas.
  • In supply rooms.

2. Access Control

Access control provides an added protection layer by restricting specific areas of your business to authorized personnel. Employees are granted entry to buildings or rooms using access cards, intercom or photo ID systems or readers.

Data logs track who enters and exits specific rooms, too. If a violent act were to occur, business owners could see who was present during the incident.

3. Panic Buttons

Panic buttons offer a fast solution to alert proper authorities if your workplace were to encounter a violent situation. These buttons are usually small and placed in a convenient, discrete location. You can also decide if you’d prefer a panic button that is silent, or one that is loud. Silent buttons are mainly for tense situations like a robbery, while audible buttons warn others of potential danger.

To complement this equipment, your business needs to have a clear action plan to help prevent and minimize damage from workplace violence.