Whether or not you have a safe of your own, keeping in mind these five most common mistakes made when operating a safe can save you money and time. We stumbled on an article by Fast Casual and we couldn’t agree more with them. After having an opportunity to attend the National Restaurant Association show in Chicago, we know how important cash management safes are for the restaurant business.
Fast Casual has always brought up to date news and events about the people and the trends in the restaurant industry. They have reached over a million visitors throughout the world who want to be informed about the latest food or beverage trends. The restaurant industry is always dealing with cash. When customers pay for their meals it goes into the cash register. For safekeeping, that cash is most likely being stored into a safe for security and protection. The only problem is, some mistakes are made when operating the safes that can often lead to theft that minimizes your profit and hard earnings. Were here to remind you to follow these rules so the same mistakes aren’t made over again.
Fast Casual offered their own rendition of the most common mistakes made with safes. This is a different take since we’ll be taking a look from a restaurant perspective, but as a safe manufacturer, we believe in receiving as much input as possible to further improve our products. We introduce you to Fast Casual's top five most common mistakes in addition to our own advice that will remind and assist you to protect your cash and other valuables at all times.
1. Never Leave Your Safe Unlocked
We all get lazy every now and then, especially when something becomes a repetitive process. That means we take shortcuts and leave our safes unlocked just because we believe nothing bad will ever happen. This is where our safes are the most vulnerable. We want it to be more convenient so we leave it open, not wanting to bother entering the code a thousand times. Always make sure you lock up your safe because theft can happen anytime not just by burglars breaking in, but even employees or customers. Take the time to lock up especially when handling and storing a large amount of money.
2. Combination Locks with Daylock
Our MESA safes don’t have combination locks with daylock, but this is still a good reminder and tip that some combination locks do. With a spin dial safe, the convenience of having the combination open with a few clicks can save time and less effort, but we all know this simple trick isn't fooling anyone. Invest in a high security combination lock that makes you go through the whole combination process.
3. Sharing The Passcode or Combination
First we hope that the combination or passcode to the safe is only accessible to authorized users. When sharing a passcode for an electronic lock, make sure you have regular users and a master user. One of the issues that arise when having multiple users sharing the same code to the safe is liability when profits are missing. Another issue is the last time the combination or code was changed. If you had former employees or managers, you always want to change the code because of security reasons.
4. Saving the Combination or Passcode as a Reminder
Not everyone can memorize the combination or password very easily. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves what the password is. That means for some people they write down or save the password on their computer. The only problem is, do we make sure we keep that password safe from unauthorized users. Confidential and sensitive information such as this should be kept somewhere safe where only you have access to it. Anyone who can easily find your information can easily access the safe later on. Don’t expose your password and keep it safe like you would with all your other sensitive documents.
5. Providing Your Combination or Passcode to Unauthorized Users
Sometimes we let our guard down or trust people too easily that we give our combination or passcode to those who don’t have authorized access. Just because its more convenient for them to do it doesn’t mean you should give out your passcode like it’s nothing. That’s like giving out your credit card or social security information. Once they have your passcode, you never know if they’ll come back to use it again. Always keep your combination or passcode to yourself. What’s the point of having a combination or passcode if everyone else knows.
Moreover, take care of your combination or passcode. Keep it to yourself and if you write it down, make sure you keep it in a safe place where no one can find it. There are different types of safe locks that either use a combination dial, electronic keypad or keyed lock. Whichever lock you have, always make sure only authorized users are able to access the safe. You wouldn’t want an issue where something valuable is stolen and you have to play the detective game. Take initiative and monitor the operations of your safe to ensure protection of your valuables everyday.
Another recent shooting occurred that could have been preventable. A young boy shot his twin brother and was sent to the hospital to recover. The incident was supposedly an accidental shooting. Nearby, the president of the sportsman association says that there are so many precautions and ways to practice gun safety that tragic accidents like this are completely avoidable.
The president of the West Shore Sportsmans Association, Bob Single, told CBS 21 News that the shooting that took place in East Hanover Township over the weekend could have been prevented. “Anytime a firearm is unsupervised it just should be locked up either with a trigger lock or preferably a safe,” Single said.
Single recommends that if you own a firearm that locks and most importantly, security safes are very easy to find and affordable. “If you can buy a $500 handgun you should be able to buy a $100 safe to go with. It’s like buy one, buy the safe, buy the gun second,” he said.
Aside from protecting your firearms with proper storage, Single reminds those to practice gun safety. He mentions that there are four basic rules when it comes to gun handling. Remember guns are always loaded, don’t point a gun at anything you’re not ready to kill. Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot the target. He also doesn’t oppose anyone who teaches his or her children how to shoot a gun but he wants to remind everyone to do it with extreme caution. He says go to a shooting range and never leave your children with an unsecured gun at home.
It’s always sad to see another shooting like this take place. There have been plenty of incidents where children are gaining access to unsecured guns, yet we never seem to learn the lesson. Fortunately, the young boy is recovering from the accident. Any time a firearm is accessible to children, there is a greater chance that accidents like this will occur. We have to remind ourselves that if you own anything that could be a potential danger to your children, not just firearms, that you should keep it safe and away from them at all times.