The figure that was surprising to me was that of the 361 bank robberies reported in 2007, a total of $2.4 million was stolen. But wait: When you do the math, it works out to an average of approximately $6,648 per robbery.
Many self-storage owners and managers reading this article know they may have much more money on hand near the beginning and ending of a month before they make their bank deposits. Fortunately, the bulk of the funds are normally in checks, and a growing number of customers are taking advantage of credit and debit cards to make their monthly rent payments.
What precautions have you taken to protect your employees and facility’s deposits before they make it to the bank? Do you have a locked cash drawer? Does your office have a safe for holding cash and checks overnight or over a weekend?
Do you have a height-indicator tape near your entrance (like at a 7-11 and other convenience stores)? Do you vary the time of the deposits daily or have you fallen into the trap of predictability? Are office video cameras working and clearly showing people walking into the office that they are on surveillance? Do you have panic alarms in your office?
Nobody can make any business totally safe. Even banks with armed guards face robberies. My point is that many of us have ignored this potential problem for years. As the economy takes a dip, we might see bank and other types of robberies on the rise. Take a few minutes to think through the problem and discuss what steps your facility can take to be prepared.
FBI’s Most Wanted List
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has recently updated its 10 Most Wanted List website. The bureau has also made it a great deal easier to subscribe and instantly receive e-mails from the FBI. Just to stay up-to-date, you may want to subscribe to this free service by going to the following link: http://service.govdelivery.com/service/multi_subscribe.html?code=USFBI. "Be Prepared" should be more than just a Boy Scouts of America motto.