UN­DER LOCK AND KEY

Some safety mea­sures that high cash turnover busi­nesses may con­sider in or­der to re­duce or pre­vent crime in­clude the fol­low­ing:

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• Se­cu­rity is pri­or­ity: Busi­ness own­ers should make sure that se­cu­rity mea­sures, such as se­cu­rity lights, CCTV mon­i­tor­ing and alarms are in place, and that they are clearly vis­i­ble and ac­ti­vated on the premises. En­sure that there is sig­nage on the prop­erty in­form­ing po­ten­tial crim­i­nals of the fact that se­cu­rity sys­tems have been in­stalled. Also test these sys­tems and equip­ment reg­u­larly to en­sure that they are in work­ing or­der.

• Ad­di­tional se­cu­rity mea­sures: Busi­ness own­ers can in­stall bur­glar bars, erect a se­cu­rity fence or wall around the premises, hire a rep­utable se­cu­rity com­pany or start a com­mu­nity night watch pro­gramme with other lo­cal busi­nesses. “Busi­nesses should note that these mea­sures alone won’t be suf­fi­cient for in­sur­ance pur­poses as other fac­tors need to be taken into ac­count, such as the lo­ca­tion of the busi­ness,” says Somers.

• Alarm sys­tems: In­sur­ance cover for theft re­quires that there is an alarm at the busi­ness premises. To en­sure in­sur­ance cover for theft, a busi­ness alarm must be switched on and be in good work­ing con­di­tion af­ter busi­ness hours. It is al­ways ad­vis­able to check reg­u­larly that the sys­tem and its bat­tery are in per­fect con­di­tion. Ide­ally, alarm sys­tems should in­clude panic but­tons, tam­per- proof switches and pas­sives, end- of- line resistance, con­tacts and pos­si­bly vi­bra­tion switches on safes. Armed re­sponse by a reg­is­tered se­cu­rity com­pany is of­ten a re­quire­ment of in­sur­ance poli­cies. • Cash on the premises: If your busi­ness has a cash reg­is­ter, re­move all the money at night and leave the reg­is­ter open to de­ter break- ins. Al­ways en­sure that you bank as much of your cash as pos­si­ble. If a staff mem­ber leaves the com­pany and has ac­cess to the safe, it is ad­vis­able to change the com­bi­na­tion when they leave. They must also re­turn keys or ac­cess cards when they leave. Money is to be kept in an SABS- ap­proved safe. In­sur­ance com­pa­nies pro­vide dif­fer­ent lev­els of cover for loss of money stolen from safes, depend­ing on the SABS grad­ing of the safe e. g. a SABS cat­e­gory five would pro­vide more se­cu­rity than an SABS cat­e­gory one safe.

• No rou­tine: Vary the times of de­liv­er­ies or times of bank­ing. Stick­ing to the same sched­ule can make busi­nesses easy tar­gets for rob­bery.

• In­sur­ance: Busi­nesses need in­sur­ance for loss of, or dam­age to, money on their busi­ness premises or while in tran­sit to and from the bank. Busi­nesses must re­mem­ber to re­view and up­date their in­sur­ance poli­cies on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. San­tam ad­vises that high cash turnover busi­nesses en­sure that safes and strong rooms are SABS ap­proved and that they have the ap­pro­pri­ate se­cu­rity level for the amount of cover re­quired; and use only rep­utable money tran­sit agen­cies. “Con­tracts with these agen­cies should clearly state where re­spon­si­bil­i­ties lie,” Somers con­cludes.

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