Must-Follow Safety Procedures for Workers Making Cash Deposits
Workers are most vulnerable to an armed robbery incident during a routine bank deposit. It can happen anytime between leaving a business and arriving at the bank. Avoid becoming a victim by following these personal safety procedures for workers making cash deposits.
Safety Procedures for Workers Making Cash Deposits
Utilize the following safety procedures for workers making cash deposits to keep employees safe.
- Monitor vehicle traffic around your place of business. Vehicles that repeatedly drive past or park for extended periods of time in front of your business should be suspect and reported to management and/or authorities.
- Periodically switch the day and time for a bank run.
- Do not take the same vehicle every time you go.
- Frequently change the route you take to the bank.
- If you are handling large sums of cash, contact the bank ahead of time to let them know when you are on the way. If the bank has security officers, they can meet you outside when you arrive.
- Two employees should travel together to make a bank deposit.
- Inform management of your departure and arrival times. Keep them informed of any travel deviations or suspicious activity. Consider using smartphone apps so that management can track your whereabouts (this can be activated for bank runs and disengaged during non-business hours).
- Before exiting your business, scan the exterior for any suspicious people or vehicles. You can also use exterior CCTV cameras. If you determine that it is unsafe, postpone the bank deposit.
- Take the shortest path possible to your vehicle and enter quickly. The same process should be followed when departing the bank. Do not park great distances from exits or entry points.
- Make sure the vehicle doors are locked once inside. Do not unlock the doors until you reach the bank and are ready to exit the vehicle.
- When traveling to your bank, beware of construction sites or any other obstruction to movement during your route, especially detours that look suspicious. Criminals can also use tactics such as simulating a vehicle accident or simply forcing your vehicle off the road.
- Do not stop for anyone who appears suspicious. If you are involved in an accident without injuries, contact 911 and wait for the police to arrive before exiting the vehicle.
- Watch to make sure no one is following you. Be wary of persons who never change direction or travel in close proximity. Criminals will wait to act until there are no crowds or witnesses.
- Take evasive action and escape the area if someone approaches you with haste.
For more tips or to learn how a cash-handling program can assist your business in reducing exposure to robbery and limiting liability, contact the team at Hudson Physical Security Consulting.