Orangeville, ON (Harold Doan and Sons Ltd.) Why do business owners and their managers persist in counting cash register receipts in full view of whoever might be passing by? I mean, that’s just asking for trouble considering that nothing will get the adrenaline of a thief rushing faster than the sight of bundles of cash they think they might easily grab.

Secure cash handling techniques require that you never turn away from an opened cash register drawer – even for a second. You should never leave the drawer open from one transaction to the next. And … you should always be aware of others, beside the customer, that are lurking around the cash register.

Cash should only be counted in the privacy of an office. If your establishment does not have an office, then the cash should be counted in the back room where there are no observers. Cash should not be allowed to accumulate in the register where everyone can see that the till is loaded when the cash drawer is opened.

Excess cash, over and above change needs, should be “pulled” from the register on a regular basis and “dropped” in either a depository safe under the counter, or placed in the safe in the office until it’s time to total out the day or a particular shift. And, such “pulls” and “drops” should be accomplished in as unobtrusive manner as possible.

After all, how much can you afford to lose?