Cash has always been a prime target for criminals, and as such requires detailed security plans for its safe storage and retention on premises.
With high volumes of cash in circulation coming up to the busy Christmas period, the following advice should be considered:
A reputable cash-in-transit company should be considered to transport all cash in and out of premises.
Staff dealing with persons from the cash-in-transit company should never hand over money or open any door until they are completely satisfied that the security collection personnel are genuine - if any doubt exists they should contact the cash in transit company directly to verify matters.
Where a cash-in-transit company is not a viable option the following safety guidelines apply:
- Bank at the closest establishment possible.
- Vary the times of banking, the mode of transport and the route taken.
- Only experienced, responsible members of staff, at least two, should be tasked with transferring bank lodgements.
- Proper cash transfer satchels, with alarm and destruct facilities (e.g. smoke and dye units), should be utilised.
- Bank, when possible, during daylight hours.
- Adhere to the insurance cash limits for persons transferring lodgements to banks.
- Persons transporting cash who become suspicious of other persons, or other activity, should abort their intended arrangements and report to the nearest Garda Station either in person or by phone to seek advice and assistance.
- The cash office of a retail outlet should be situated out of view from public areas and as far away as possible from entrances/exits.
- The office should be access controlled and under CCTV camera surveillance.
- The cash room should be of solid construction with security standard doors and windows.
- Where windows are fitted; the glazing should conform to recognised quality and security standards.
- A high-quality safe should be installed within the cash room and rag-bolted to a concrete floor or wall. This safe should have a drop down feed chute facility and ideally fitted with a time delay locking mechanism. It should have separate compartments to facilitate prepared lodgements. The opening time of the safe should be varied each day. The holding rating of the safe agreed between the company and their insurance company should not be exceeded.
- A Cash Transfer Unit, which facilitates the transfer of cash between the cash office and the Cash in Transit Vehicle, may be built into an external wall of the cash office.
- A double push type PAB (Panic Attack Button) should be placed on each work position within the cash office.
- The use of electronic interlocking doors should be considered in high turnover outlets.
Further advice available is available in Retail Security Guide
Friday, 16 December 2016