Please be aware of the disturbing increase in armoured vehicle heists, cross pavement attacks and armed robberies against retailers across several provinces.
We believe that retailers in South Africa deserve to trade in a safe business environment. The safety of your staff, your business and your cash is our priority.
Security professionals offer the following few guidelines for your information:
Remove the cash from being a target by regularly depositing into the cash vault and keeping the cash at points-of-sale to a minimum.
Be on the lookout for suspicious vehicles.
Be on the lookout for suspicious people lurking around in the area, especially when Cash-in-Transit collections are being made (robbers carefully survey their targets well before the attack).
Inform your staff to report anyone that is enquiring about your banking habits, CIT providers or CIT collection times.
Staff should not disclose any information about the way the business is run and should be encouraged to report suspicious enquiries to the business owner immediately.
Consider closing your shop for a few minutes just before and during Cash-in-Transit collections. Alternatively, isolate and close down the collection area during the collections and ensure that the room where the cash exchange or handover is being made has access restrictions (there is great value in the saying, ‘out of sight is out of mind’).
Assist your Cash-in-Transit collection team by being prepared and keeping the collection service time window short and sharp and safe.