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Cash and Cash-in-Transit Safety

Please consider the crime prevention advice below to keep your cash safe on your business premises and when the cash is in-transit:

Please consider the crime prevention advice below to keep your cash safe on your business premises and when the cash is in-transit:

Crime prevention advice to keep your cash safe on your business premises and when the cash is in-transit:

  • Keep as little cash as possible on the premises - do not count cash within anyone else's view.
  • Put tills away from entrance and exit doors - restrict access to the rear of tills and counters using lockable doors or counter flaps.
  • Move excess cash to a safe place.
  • Try to pay your staff by cheque or cash transfer.

Security that you can use to protect cash:

  • Plastic till guards - a cheap but effective way to prevent till snatches.
  • Smoke and dye money pack systems - designed to emit coloured smoke and spoil cash that has been stolen.
  • External access safes - where cash collection companies can supply or take away cash without needing to enter premises.
  • Bullet-resistant glass and fast-rising screens - fitted at till points or pay kiosks - these offer the cashier protection and are a significant deterrent.
  • Time-delay safes - secure and only possible to open after a pre-set time - these safes will keep any cash not in the till, or not yet banked, safe from all but the most determined robbers.

Cash-in-transit:

  • Bank cash as soon as possible - do not allow cash to build up on the premises.
  • Choose the right staff for the job - young, elderly, ill or new employees should not be used to transport cash because of their vulnerability.
  • Staff that transport cash should be alert to suspicious people or vehicles.
  • Always use a secure container to carry cash that doesn't draw attention to itself.
  • Where possible, don't use a canvas moneybag - use a pocket/specially-designed carry case.
  • The times and routes used when transporting cash should vary - don't make unnecessary stops.
  • Staff that transport cash on foot should always be accompanied - use the busiest roads and walk in the centre of the pavement, towards oncoming traffic, never transport cash on foot if there is an alternative.
  • Never use public transport to transport cash.
  • If a car is used, a second employee acting as a driver should accompany the person carrying the cash - try not to use the same car each time.
  • Make sure that all vehicles used for transporting cash are well maintained - all doors should be kept locked.
  • If staff are attacked, they should surrender the cash.

Security equipment to protect cash-in-transit:

  • Cash-carrying equipment, such as a security briefcase, bag or product designed for the movement of cash - these may include smoke or dye products.
  • Car safes can be fitted in the boot of a car, ring bolts can be fitted to secure cash-carrying equipment.