Items Have Been Stolen from Cubicles, What Should I Do?

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Hey Nikki,

Like many others at my job, I work in an open desk office space. Our previous cleaning lady that would come by our office once a day to clean quit. There is this new cleaning lady that I've seen multiple times a day; which is very strange. Last week, I was told that some items off our open desk spaces were stolen. None of my items have been stolen, but what is a way I can address this problem at work? I was going to print out a note to put it on all the employees that have open desk spaces to lock up their items. What do you think? Should I present this to management? I just don't want anyone to have the burden of their things stolen, especially at my job.


Washington, DC

Dear Eyes Peeled,

Suspicious activity should definitely be escalated to management.

If you have an in house Compliance Department, they may be responsible for providing each staff person with a key for their desk, if you work for a company that's privy to personal data. If your company doesn't have a formal policy for securing your desk, then I would suggest either getting yourself and lock or, if it's not the kind of desk that doesn't have a place to put a lock, remove any personal items from the desktop and have a secure place inside the desk for your belongings.

This is something the company should be made aware of immediately and should help in the personnel in protecting their property while at work.

Good luck!

Nikki Davis

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