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Reducing the Cash Risk For Your Laundromat

In the Laundromat industry, cash transactions are both a blessing and a curse. If you handle money, you know it can present some serious risks to you, your employees and business. Here are some tips to help you reduce the risk:

Cash Drawers

Take these precautions when using a cash drawer:

  • Open it only when making a transaction.
  • Close the drawer immediately after use.
  • Leave the bills the customer gave you on top of the drawer until after making change to keep a record of what the customer paid in case of dispute.
  • Never leave an open cash drawer for any length of time.
  • Notify your supervisor when you build up excess cash in your drawer so it can be moved to a more secure location.
  • Never count cash drawers in front of customers. Always count the contents of the drawer in a secure, private area.
  • Always lock the cash drawer and remove the key when it is not in use.
  • If the premises will be unattended overnight, empty the cash drawer and leave it open to deter damage in the event of a break-in.

Bank Drops

There may be a time when you will have to bring cash to the bank. Remember these tips while moving cash:

  • Never establish a routine for deposits. Vary the time and the route you take as much as possible.
  • Always try to take someone with you. Go by yourself only as a last resort.
  • Alert someone that you are leaving with the deposit and also tell them when you should be returning.
  • Transport cash in something that doesn’t draw attention to you. If you are using a bank bag or similar container, always put it in something unidentifiable.
  • Do not use public transportation.
  • If taking a taxi, use a reputable company, and always call for it by phone instead of flagging one down once you’ve reached the street.
  • If walking, choose busy streets that will keep you close by people.
  • Do not make other stops before the deposit.


Even when employees take all the proper precautions, there is still chance for a robbery. If such a robbery occurs while you are at work, remember:

  • Try to remain as calm as possible.
  • Comply with the robber’s instructions.
  • Give them any money or goods that they ask for.
  • Make mental notes about the robber’s appearance so you can inform police.
  • Never attempt to physically stop an armed robber

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