How to Manage Cash

In Store

  • Count cash out of sight
  • Don’t discuss your cash takings in public
  • Your safe should be out of view of the public
  • Use time-lock delay safes

Cash Drop System

  • Continually remove all amounts over $50.00 from your till during business hours and keep this money in your safe until it is banked. Install signage to say that 'Amounts over $50.00 are not kept on premises'.

Taking Cash to the Bank

  • Vary time of banking daily
  • Use adult staff (preferably more than one)
  • Don’t carry cash in a marked bank or canvas money bag
  • If walking, take the most direct route
  • Carry a mobile telephone, be alert and walk towards oncoming traffic
  • If driving, lock the doors of your vehicle and vary the route taken

How to Prevent Crime

Interior

  • Keep your front window space clear of posters etc
  • Ensure your shop is well lit
  • Position the cash register near the front shop door
  • Have a clear line of sight of all areas – use mirrors
  • Keep expensive items secure at the rear of the shop

Exterior

  • Entrances and exits should be well lit
  • Car parks should be clearly visible, well lit with no dark spots
  • Tidy gardens and low shrubs give a clear view
  • Ensure access points are closed at night e.g. gates and chains

Alarm Systems and CCTV

  • Develop an alarm plan that covers all possible entry points
  • Install a professional alarm system using a recommended supplier
  • Place alarm signs in visible places
  • Ask yourself what you want your camera to do and how it will help your situation. A well positioned high resolution camera over the exit door of your shop can be invaluable; See CCTV article on the Crime Prevention page.