Working from home has become the norm for many people, and that means the home office has become one of the most important rooms in any home. It’s great to make it look and feel good and comfortable, but something else needs to be considered that might not have come to mind before; you need to make sure your home office is secure and safe from intruders or accidents.
After all, you’ll have important documents, expensive equipment, and sensitive information in there, and you can’t afford to let any of that get destroyed, muddled, or go missing. With that in mind, here are some things to consider that will help to make your home office more secure.
Choose The Right Location
If you have any choice in the matter (and sometimes you won’t, depending on the size of your house and what other rooms are being used for), you’ll need to make sure you choose the right location for your home office, as this can make a big difference when it comes to security.
Ideally, you’ll want to find a place that’s away from high-traffic areas (not only does this mean fewer people will come into your office, but you’ll have fewer distractions, too), and it should be on the upper floors of your home too – in this way, it’s hard for a would-be burglar to get in from outside.
Add A Lock
One of the simplest things you can do to make your home office more secure is to install a good lock on the door. It’s best to get a locksmith to do this for you so you know it’s done right and that you’ve got the latest security locks in place. You can also add better locks to your windows, especially if you do happen to be on the ground floor after all.
This might seem like an extreme measure, but it’s better to be safe than sorry, and on the plus side, you won’t be so tempted just to pop in and answer a few emails or do some extra work if you have to actually unlock the room first, so it actually serves a few different functions.
Hide Wiring And Cables
If you have any wires and cables trailing along the floor, you’ll need to tidy them away as soon as you can. Get some cable tidies, or even just hide them behind furniture or under a rug if you prefer.
Why should you do this? To begin with, it will make your room look better, and you’ll be more comfortable and productive when you’re in there. Secondly, it’s safer; tripping over wires can be a real hazard, and not only might you damage some of your equipment, but you could get hurt. Finally, however, when it comes to security, hiding the fact that you’ve got a lot of electronic equipment in the room is a good way to deter thieves. If everything is on show (again, especially if it can be seen through the window), burglars might be tempted to grab what they can. If it’s all hidden, that isn’t such an issue.