Many businesses handle large amounts of cash or keep valuable inventory and data. In fact, there are some businesses in which a safe is virtually a necessity due to regulatory, safety, or liability requirements. Here are five types of businesses that benefit from the use of commercial safes:
Unfortunately, America is in the midst of an opiate epidemic that has turned prescription narcotics into valuable commodities. Opiates and other controlled substances are at risk of being stolen by drug users as well as those who sell the stolen drugs.
In addition to the risk of theft, pharmacies are also motivated to use commercial safes by U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (or DEA) regulations. The DEA regulations are vague, stating that compliance is determined based on a variety of factors including:
- Number of employees, customers, and patients
- Whether the location is high or low crime
- Use of alarm systems
- Quantity of controlled substances on hand
- Prior history of theft
For many pharmacies, this is maddeningly vague and prompts most conscientious pharmacy operators to implement the most stringent security they can justify including commercial safes to store narcotics and video monitoring systems. Police solve only 13% of burglary cases due to lack of evidence or witnesses, so pharmacies have to take all reasonable measures to thwart burglars.
Gas stations, convenience stores, grocery stores, pawnshops, fast food restaurants, and other cash-based businesses also benefit from safes for businesses. Commercial safes not only keep the cash safe in the event of attempted theft but can deter theft from even happening if the would-be thieves are aware that the majority of cash is locked away.
In addition to securing cash, commercial safes are also useful for securing inventory. Like safes used by pharmacies to secure narcotics from theft, gun shops can also benefit from the use of safes. Guns are tempting to thieves for both use and resale. Keeping an inventory of guns locked up in a safe is a compelling way to eliminate this temptation.
The volume of cash handled by casinos makes them potentially vulnerable to both theft and employee embezzlement. Most casinos have elaborate cash handling procedures, all of which take place under the watchful eye of video monitoring systems. Cash handling requires collecting drop boxes from the tables and gambling machines from the casino floor. These drop boxes are, in themselves, portable safes located at each gambling machine or table.
These drop boxes are opened in a special counting room within the casino. The counting room includes either counting machines or, in smaller casinos, employees who count the cash by hand. Once the count is verified, the cash is stored in a safe to be kept until it is deposited to the bank or transferred to the casino cashiers to be dispensed to gamblers. Even the casino cashiers use commercial safes to store and dispense cash. In many casinos, a bill will see at least three commercial safes after it leaves one player’s hand until it is handed to another player.
Professionals With Confidential Information
Lawyers, accountants, and doctors all handle confidential information. This confidential information is covered by professional standards of confidentiality and, in the case of doctors, federal privacy laws like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). With many professionals moving toward paperless offices, hard copies of records typically do not exist. However, many professionals maintain electronic backups on physical media, such as hard drives, flash drives, or optical discs. These professionals use commercial safes to keep their electronic backups safe from theft and fire.
Whether they protect cash, inventory, or data, many businesses use commercial safes.