Be warned - criminals are ready to cash in this festive season
The December holiday period is a peak trading season for SA’s retail sector, with a significant rise in cash volumes and a corresponding increase in retail cash crime, like armed robberies, burglaries and cash-in-transit heists.
While we plan our holidays and shop for Christmas gifts, criminals work from their own wish lists and seek to take advantage of opportunity presented by unsuspecting and vulnerable targets.
Richard Phillips, joint CEO of Cash Connect, SA’s leading provider of automated cash management and payment solutions, shares a few tips which retailers can use to reduce their risk for cash crime this festive season:
- Consider closing shop for a few minutes before and during cash-in-transit collections.
- Close down the cash area during cash collections and ensure that the room where the cash r handover is being made has access restrictions.
- Assist the cash-in-transit collection team by being prepared. This keeps the collection service time window short, sharp and safe.
- Ensure your CCTV systems are serviced and operational - clear pictures of suspects are invaluable to the SAPS’ investigations.
Our wish for South African retailers and their customers is a safe, peaceful and prosperous holiday period. Cash Connect – Beyond Safe.