How a Smart Safe Improves Grocery Store Security

    Jan 19 2021

    Topics: Retail - Grocery

    Security contributes to your grocery store’s profitability and business success. An effective security system contains many components, including proper signage, security cameras, and cash security. Because grocery stores handle large volumes of cash every day, effective cash security is paramount. 

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    To improve grocery store security, consider upgrading your traditional safe for a technology-driven smart safe. Here’s why.

    Reporting on All Cash Transactions

    What makes a smart safe “smart” is its technology. All cash that enters the safe is electronically tracked and reported on. This level of transparency facilitates an audit trail and enhances employee accountability to safeguard against internal theft, keeping your cash more secure.  

    Authentication Technology

    Smart safes leverage PIN-based security systems that provide unique access codes to all authorized users. This means there are no communal combinations that may lead to internal theft or a lack of accountability. 

    Less Cash in the Register

    Worried about having too much cash at the register and having to transport it to the back-room safely? You can reduce the need to transport cash, which is risky, with a small under-counter mounted smart safe. Simply place the smart safe under the register, and employees will regularly make cash deposits throughout the day. This will help deter theft by keeping less cash in the register and delaying cash transportation until after the doors are closed. You will also be able to monitor how much cash is in each safe.  

    Automated Counterfeit Detection

    When your cashiers are busy with long lines of waiting customers, counterfeit detection may sometimes go by the wayside in the name of speed, efficiency, and customer service. This, unfortunately, puts your grocery store at risk of accepting counterfeit bills.

    By having smart safes under each register, you will eliminate this risk. Every bill that is deposited into the safe is automatically validated or rejected as an unfit bill which could indicate counterfeit. 

    Secure Cash Deposits

    Just like a traditional safe, a smart safe will effectively secure your grocery store’s cash deposits. While the security features vary per brand and model, you can expect a smart safe to be just as secure (if not more secure) than a traditional safe. You can expect premium grade steel, high-security locks and keys to eliminate the risk of unauthorized key duplication, and thick chrome-plated locking bolts with spring-loaded relockers. Your smart safe will also likely have a drill-resistant hard plate and holes to bolt down the unit. 

    These security features make smart safes highly resistant to attack and burglary. 

    In most cases, the safe’s vault contains note cassettes that can only be accessed by an armored car service. You may configure a delay period so entry cannot be permitted to store employees. With this feature, the safe will only open when both an authorized store employee is present and a high-security key from an armored car driver is used at the same time. 

    Create a secure store environment. A secure store requires more than just security cameras, anti-theft devices, and locked cases. Invest in smart safes to keep your cash, employees, and grocery store more secure. 


    Andrea Lombardi

    Andrea Lombardi

    Andrea joined the CashTech team upon its inception in 2003. Learning the business from the ground up, she now utilizes her expertise in account management, planning, and negotiation while managing the daily operations of CashTech’s sales, marketing, and logistics departments. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario. She enjoys travelling and has a passion for personal fitness, including obtaining her kettlebell certification. Andrea lives in Toronto with her husband and two young sons.

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