KEY CONTROL: THE KEY TO
PROTECTING YOUR ASSETS
Many new owners simply adopt whatever key control procedures
the previous owner taught them, without giving the matter much further thought.
In fact, keeping close control of the keys to your store, and organizing your
keys effectively, can go a long way towards preventing potentially large money
For example, if all your coin boxes are keyed alike, a
potential thief only has to duplicate that one key to have access to all of
your coin revenue. Keying each box separately is not very feasible, but you may
choose to have one key for each bank of machines at the laundry. Or, divide
your keys into sizes, where one fits all the top loaders, another fits the
double loaders, another the triple loaders, another
the dryers, etc. At the very least, have a separate key for each of your coin
changers. Better yet, use two different locks on each changer to make it even
more difficult for anyone other than you to get to your cash.
Also exercise care when labeling your keys. Color-coding
your keys is more prudent than labeling the rings or the keys themselves with
which machines they fit.
When buying an existing store, it is smart to rekey all the doors. Additionally, if you buy a used
machine that comes with an existing coin box, change the lock on that box.
Depending on your particular situation, you may even consider purchasing high
security locks for your changers and coin boxes. These locks are virtually
pick-proof, and are more difficult to duplicate than locks that are factory
made, such as the ones that come from machine distributors. Whenever possible,
have two sets of keys and keep one in a locked safe, a security deposit box, or
Develop a system where you know where your keys are at all
times. Misplacing your keys temporarily allows them to get into the wrong hands
just long enough to be duplicated, perhaps by an employee, their relatives or
friends. The resulting loss would be from skimming. Skimming can go on for
years and is almost impossible to detect. For this reason, skimming is worse
than a one-time large loss.
Certainly, when dealing with a cash business such as a coin
laundromat, some care is warranted to ensure that all the cash stays with you,
where is belongs. Proper key control is a large step in that direction.
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