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    Does anyone out there have any information on transporting cash by Security officers? Safety issues/policies and procedures? Security officers where I work are now picking up cash bags from cash office and dropping them at retail and food units. All new to use and no info out there. Can you help? Thanks

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    Originally posted by museum security
    Does anyone out there have any information on transporting cash by Security officers? Safety issues/policies and procedures? Security officers where I work are now picking up cash bags from cash office and dropping them at retail and food units. All new to use and no info out there. Can you help? Thanks
    A few tips:

    1) If they're carrying cash, arm them!
    2) Tell them not to carry the cash in their weapon hand (you'd think that would be a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised).
    3) Tell them to hold on tight!

    I used to do a courier assignment in addition to my regular patrol duties. I picked up these big canvas bank bags that were locked and throw them in the trunk of my car. I then delivered one bag to another bank, and the other bag to another bank.

    These bags didn't contain any money, it was simply done to move data around...at least that's what I was told. But they APPEARED to be holding money. Here you've got an armed, uniformed guard walking in and out of banks, any crook could catch on and think that it's money. Anyway, I was walking to the front doors of a bank, late at night, and I crossed in front of someone. I was trying to keep an eye on him out of the corner of my eye, and when I glanced over my shoulder, I saw him running toward my left side, the side I carry the bag on. I swing the bag in front of my body and grab at my gun...I get it about half out of its holster and the guy stops about three feet past me and turns around and puts his hands up. He said, "Oh **** buddy, don't shoot! I was just running to catch the bus!" And sure enough a bus pulled up at the corner a couple seconds later. I yelled at him, "That's a good way to get shot, moron! Don't do that again!"
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    • #3
      Originally posted by museum security
      Does anyone out there have any information on transporting cash by Security officers? Safety issues/policies and procedures? Security officers where I work are now picking up cash bags from cash office and dropping them at retail and food units. All new to use and no info out there. Can you help? Thanks
      You need to respectfully insist that the officers performing this new task be given specific training by qualified instructors or someone is going to get hurt. This is not something you learn simply by sleeping at a Holiday Inn Express.
      Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mr. Security
        You need to respectfully insist that the officers performing this new task be given specific training by qualified instructors or someone is going to get hurt. This is not something you learn simply by sleeping at a Holiday Inn Express.
        Taser's points are common sense. And, so are Mr. Security's. Find a competent instructor - you want the ability to get a certification in cash handling procedures for documentation.

        Especially if your unarmed, and all you can do is let go of the bag. They will most likely go after anyone who drops the bag and lets the bad guy make off with it, since your supposed to "protect the bag."

        Any cash transport gig is an automatic threat to life. Someone tries to stop you, expect that they are trying to kill you - you hold large sums of money. It may be an empty bag, but the bad guy doesn't know that.

        If you folks are unarmed, and handling cash in obvious markers, the best tip I can offer you is:

        If you are attacked, throw the bag at the suspect and run off at a 45 degree angle. Attack is as simple as someone impeding your path and refusing to move, or making threatening statements. Throwing the bag at the suspect gives it what it wants, and confuses it. Running at a 45 degree angle requires the suspect to untangle itself from the bag, then target and engage you.
        Some Kind of Commando Leader

        "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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        • #5
          The best tip I can offer: If you are unarmed, don't do it.
          Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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          • #6
            1.dont be at same place at same time everyday.
            2.know where safe places are Eg police,ambulance ect
            3.preferably have at least 2 people to do it,1 takes money the other stays back a bit and asses any threats and keeps people from walking up to you ect.
            4.if driving dont park where you can be blocked in .have an escape plan.

            do you not get provided with the training? in australia you have to have a 1 a licence(cash in transit,static guarding)to be allowed to do that.

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            • #7
              Cash Handling

              No we don't have any training or certification. The security director is just telling us what he wants us to do. That is part of the problem! He doesn't have a security or police background.

              Thanks for all the great tips! The folks at work loved all the great advice from people actually doing the job.

              The one and only thing that management has said that makes sense is that if some one tries to rob you...give them the bag.

              Our museum has been robbed at gunpoint. Each department used to handle their own money (getting it and dropping it at the end of the night) after the robbery (which was an inside job -employee let the gunman/friend in) the director decided that security officers would do all of the money transporting.
              No training, no written policy, nothing.

              I am trying to find out as much as I can to take to the director and let him know that there is a right way to do this and their are professional people out there doing it.

              Thanks again... Anything you can let me know about would be helpful.

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              • #8
                If you want to frighten your director, give him a few of my "standard of care" wall of text(tm) rant/posts... Nothing motivates people to do the right thing than a lawsuit.

                One thing you can try is calling your local police detachment/department's crime prevention specialist, and asking for recomendations. Those guys LOVE to do their job, they're bored.
                Some Kind of Commando Leader

                "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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                • #9
                  cash handling

                  Thanks for the info. I know the lawsuit thing usually throws them for a loop!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by N. A. Corbier
                    .....One thing you can try is calling your local police detachment/department's crime prevention specialist, and asking for recomendations. Those guys LOVE to do their job, they're bored.
                    One of the best suggestions yet. I agree 100%.
                    Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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