Keeping our workspaces safe  

We are all responsible for the security of our workspaces, so please be aware of others when you are using your King County ID card to access County buildings or closed office spaces.  

Key card access is designed to allow access only to individuals who have been assigned to a designated space. A recent theft of a bicycle from a secured area in the Chinook building highlights this issue.  

Do not prop open secure doors, or allow unknown persons to “tailgate” behind you through a secure door. Tailgating is when an individual attempts to enter a space by following someone into a space who has access. If this happens, please take a customer service focus and politely engage the individual by asking, “Can I help you find anything?” Chances are they are one of your 15,000 County colleagues, or a member of the public looking for assistance. Either way, a friendly greeting can assist in ensuring safe spaces for all. Be extra diligent when entering or exiting an exterior access controlled door.  

Here are some other tips to secure our workspaces: 

  • Keep personal items like purses, bags, wallets, and electronic devices with you, or store them in a desk drawer or other location out of general view, even on secure floors and areas.  
  • Be aware of your surroundings, and make note of anyone or anything that seems out of place. Immediately report all cases of suspected theft to the appropriate authorities. Do not allow unknown persons into private work areas without an escort. 

If you notice something unusual, call Facilities Management Division (FMD) Security. In an emergency, call 9-1-1 first, then call FMD Security when you are able to at 206-296-5000. 

Thank you for doing your part to help keep us all safe and secure.