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Detect cash bag tampering with CONTROLTEK TripLOK bags.

What Types of Tampering Cash Bags Detect & How Tampering is Detected

Tamper-evident cash bags are specifically designed to protect the integrity of the bag’s contents and alert you if someone has attempted to take anything from the bag. Unlike traditional zipper money bags, locking security bags or canvas bank bags, today’s tamper-evident bags have many security features to indicate if a bag has been opened or compromised in any way, either by a thief of opportunity or a professional.

freezing detection on plastic cash bag

Freezing Attempt Detection

Experienced thieves know that drastic changes in temperature can break a basic tamper-evident seal on a plastic cash bag without damaging the bag. They typically use a can of compressed air to apply freezing cold air directly to the seal. However, modern tamper-evident cash bags are designed with this weakness in mind. In these tamper-evident bags, the freezing temperature of the compressed air activates security ink that reveals a high-visibility message to signal a tampering attempt.

heating detection on plastic cash bagHeating Attempt Detection

Similar technology can also detect if a thief tampers with the plastic cash bag using heat. Along with freezing detection, today’s tamper-evident bags often feature security ink that will activate when it detects heat being applied to the bag, revealing a red ink line or a high-visibility message to indicate that heat was used to open the bag.

water and saliva detection on plastic cash bagWater and Saliva Detection

Using water or even saliva is another common method for thieves to try to defeat a tamper-evident seal. Thieves who have internal access to the cash security bags, such as employees at a bank or cash-in-transit company, will often use their own saliva to weaken the seal of a plastic cash bag, preventing it from closing properly. A tamper-evident cash bag often has a security feature that uses water- and saliva-soluble inks to detect the use of fluids to tamper with the cash bag’s seal. The bag’s seal features a tamper-evident message printed with the special ink, and fluid will smear the ink.

security border and microprinting on plastic cash bagSecurity Border and Microprinting

A common security feature in tamper-evident cash bags is the use of microprinting along a security border. This feature uses a printed design along the borders of a bag, which can be cut open with a razorblade and resealed. With the microprinting security feature, you can easily tell if a bag was cut open and sealed back up because it is impossible to line up the tiny pattern of a microprinted security border after cutting it apart.

small openings prevention on plastic cash bagSmall Openings Prevention

Plastic cash bags are typically sealed with a small flap with an adhesive that sticks to the bag to keep it closed. However, employees who want to save time and space for their organization will often fold the adhesive flap further down on a cash bag, unintentionally leaving an opening at the top of a cash bag, which can allow a thief to reach into the opening and take cash from the bag. A triple-seal closure — as seen in our TripLOK bag, the most widely used tamper-evident cash bag in the industry — makes it virtually impossible to leave a small opening in the bag that can be later exploited.

Best Security Cash Bags

Reusable security cash bags with locks are meant to last for a long time, so they can be a good investment for local credit unions or small businesses who do not handle large quantities of money every day but still want to secure their cash. Here is a list of the most popular reusable security cash bags and supplies:

  • Locking security bags made of canvas
  • Zipper money bags made of vinyl
  • Reusable mailing envelopes
  • Canvas bags
  • Security tapes and seals
  • Disposable ID labels and tags to manage your security cash bags

Best Bank Teller Supplies

Every bank needs several essential items to secure their cash and provide their customers with excellent service. Here is a list of the most important bank supplies you need to keep your cash operations efficient and organized.

Cash Bags

While reusable cash bags made of nylon, vinyl or canvas are the most traditional way to package and transport cash, many organizations who handle cash have started using plastic cash bags. Because they are made of plastic, single-use cash bags are much lighter and can help reduce your transportation costs. Plastic cash bags also have many tamper-evident security features to indicate if someone has attempted to open the bag.

Coin Wrappers and Currency Straps

Money packaging is an easy and cost-effective way to organize cash and coins. Depending on the size of your operations, these supplies could range from simple cardboard coin wrappers to supplies for high-speed money counting machines.

Security Tapes and Seals

One of the most important security measures in cash logistics is deterring theft wherever possible. Tamper-evident security tapes and seals offer versatile protection for anything from boxes to ATM machines that clearly warn potential thieves against tampering.

POS and ATM Supplies

An often-overlooked part of your cash operations are the supplies you need for your cash registers or ATM machines. From ribbon cartridges and point-of-sale thermal receipt papers for your teller or POS system to card reader cleaning cards and ATM-encoded cleaning cards, don’t forget to keep these supplies on hand so you don’t run out.

How to Prepare Your Retail Store for Black Friday

Black Friday is just around the corner, which means it’s time for retailers to prepare their stores for a higher volume of customers — and a greater risk of theft. Customer shoplifting is the number one source of shrink for retailers, but there are many ways you can fight shrink during the holiday season.

Train Your Employees

Store employees who provide excellent customer service is one of the simplest ways to deter theft, and it already aligns with your goals as a retailer. Here are more ways your employees can help you reduce shrink:

Spot counterfeit money. When employees learn how to spot fake money, they can help reduce the chances of a business suffering a loss of thousands of dollars. Counterfeit money pens and detectors are an easy way to help store associates spot counterfeit money. There are also a few ways to visually detect counterfeit money, such as checking a bill for color-shifting ink or an authentic watermark, which an employee can quickly and easily perform at checkout.

Actively manage store inventory. If there’s ever a time that a certain item in your store is going to sell out quickly, it’s during Black Friday. With a higher volume of customers and sales, it can be easy for employees to become overwhelmed and fall behind on inventory management. Implementing an inventory management system can help by making it easy for your employees to scan and view inventory anywhere in store, even from your point-of-sale system.

Protect Your Merchandise

Another line of defense against shoplifting is protecting your products from theft. EAS tags and labels come in a variety of form factors and technologies so you can apply them to nearly any kind of product. They can even be integrated with your inventory management system if you use RFID technology.

With so many customers entering your store, your first step should be to deter theft wherever possible. An ink tag, such as the InkGuard, provides both visual deterrence and benefit denial without requiring you to install an EAS system in your store, making it the perfect tag for small businesses. The tag can only be safely removed using a powerful magnetic detacher at checkout. Otherwise, when the tag is improperly removed, the ink will explode and damage the item, which discourages shoplifters from stealing. This type of tag is ideal for protecting denim, apparel and designer wear.

Boxed gift sets and electronics are incredibly popular during the holiday season, but they often cannot be protected with the typical EAS pin tag. A tag specifically designed for boxed merchandise, such as our SurfaceTag, can protect your products without interfering with the customer experience. The SurfaceTag is an excellent alternative to other cable-based tags designed for boxed merchandise, which can often be time consuming to remove and annoying to the customer.

How CONTROLTEK Can Help You Prepare

Supplying state-of-the-art EAS and RFID tags. CONTROLTEK’s wide range of EAS and RFID tags and labels offer many options to protect almost any product you can think of. Our tags are compatible with both RF and AM systems, and many can be converted to RFID technology as well.

Installing EAS and RFID systems on time and correctly the very first time. Our First Time Right™ promise has resulted in over 97 percent of EAS and RFID system installations being fully completed on the first visit, one of the highest rates in the loss prevention industry. We document every single installation, and to be rated as First Time Right™ each one must be signed off by our customer.

Providing tamper-evident retail deposit bags. More customers during the holidays means an increase in cash flow. CONTROLTEK’s industry-leading cash deposit bags for retailers have tamper-evident security features and easy-to-use seals to speed up the cash deposit process for your employees.

CONTROLTEK has solutions for every retailer who wants to boost their store’s security in time for the holiday season. Contact us to start fighting shrink today!

How Security Bar Codes Work

Thanks to bar code technology, we can track cash packages and log data faster than ever before. But how exactly do security bar codes work?

A security bar code is made up of two parts:

  1. The machine-readable bar code
  2. The human-readable number

The first bar code was designed in the 1970s as part of the Universal Product Code (UPC), which is what retailers use to scan items at checkout. Today, security bar code technology is used in many industries, such as science, the military and health care.

A bar code scanner reads the black-and-white design of a security bar code and feeds that information to a computer that can identify the bar code using a database. A security bar code scanner works quite simply:

  1. The scanner emits an LED or laser light onto the security bar code.
  2. Light reflects off the bar code into a light-detecting component called a photoelectric cell. The white areas of the bar code reflect the most light while the black areas reflect the least light.
  3. As the scanner reads the security bar code, the photoelectric cell generates a pattern of on-off pulses corresponding to the black and white stripes in the bar code.
  4. An electronic circuit connected to the scanner converts these on-off pulses into the digits of the bar code.
  5. These digits are then sent to a computer connected to the scanner to be checked against a database.

Bar code technology is what allows financial institutions and cash-in-transit companies to quickly log, organize and transport security bags. Today, bar codes are printed directly on security packaging to make this process go as quickly as possible.

The summer shopping rush: What it means for retail cash management

The summer season is great for retailers, but that influx of cash needs to be properly accounted for and safely transferred from the store to the bank. There are certain cash handling trends that contribute to inefficiency and errors among stores. These trends, as identified in a March 2014 Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco report, include:

  • Vulnerabilities in transferring cash: Some retailers aren't taking the necessary steps to secure currency correctly when it's in transit from the merchant to its bank. This creates an automatic period of vulnerability during which cash can be stolen from a low security tamper evident deposit bag.
  • Exposed cash in drawers: Cash isn't only at risk when it's in transit. A lot of bills in a register poses a risk too. While retailers need a certain amount of cash on hand for transactional purposes, having too much of it in the register brings an unnecessary degree of risk.
  • Numbers that don't add up: At the end of the day, does your store's earnings total align with inventory figures? Retailers sometimes find that this isn't the case, but a lack of robust tracking methods can prevent them from positively identifying the source of shrinkage.

While technology has changed the way payments occur at stores, cash is still very much a part of retail operations — particularly for stores that operate on a smaller scale. Because of this, a solid cash management strategy is vital for loss prevention experts.

"A solid cash management strategy is vital for loss prevention experts."

Finding a solution with CONTROLTEK
Here at the ISP Division of CONTROLTEK, we've been working for almost 40 years to help stores roll out the most powerful and advanced retail loss prevention strategies possible for the most reasonable price. With regard to cash management, we know this is a challenge that keeps merchants up at night. And that's why we're committed to making the whole process easier. Here are some of the CONTROLTEK solutions that help retailers build an efficient and dependable cash management strategy:

  • Retail deposit bags: For retailers, vulnerabilities with regard to cash transfer don't have to exist. Tamper evident deposit bags offer a strong defense against this issue. Our two patented offerings are TripLok and SafeLok, both of which are Vault Process Certified (VPC) to meet the requirements of the leading banks and armored carriers.

    Have cash for the day that needs to be transferred from the store to the bank? With our bags, loss prevention experts benefit from solutions that are specially formulated to protect cash in transit. SafeLok and Triplok offer high visibility tamper evident graphics, large video visual barcodes and heat and solvent detection.

  • Cash management should be a critical concern for retailers.Cash management should be a critical concern for retailers.

    Coin bags: Sure, they may not have the value of dollar bills, but as prevention experts know, coins can add up fast. And when that happens, a store needs to be prepared to safely manage them. CONTROLTEK's CoinLok coin bag is the answer to this management concern. Like TripLok and SafeLok, CoinLok adheres to the strict VPC standards, giving retailers piece of mind that their change is safe. Because of the weight of coins, CoinLok deposit bags are designed to withstand 50 pounds of coin and are tested for performance above and beyond the industry requirements.

  • Inventory control software: Shrinkage is a major concern for retailers, and it can happen at any phase of the retail process — when products are shipped to the store, when they're sitting on shelves, or when money is being transferred to the bank or vault. With all the potential for shrinkage, many retailers need a better option for retaining oversight and eliminating discrepancies between inventory/sales figures. That's where inventory control software like Shelf360 can prove indispensable, and it's something CONTROLTEK IVS offers.

That's not where our tools for retailers end. Check out our website for more!

Deposit Bag Tampering

Deposit Bag Tampering: Crooks Can’t Beat Smart Bags

It’s a common activity within the retail world: At the end of the business day, the manager tallies up the day’s revenue, gathers the deposit and drops it off at the bank. This normal, and seemingly safe process, is familiar to nearly anyone who’s ever worked in retail. Unfortunately, it can also offer opportunities for robbers and thieves if the funds are not properly protected.

Ripped from the headlines: Armored Car Drivers and Employees Steal Bank Deposits
Two recent cases:

In October 2015, The LA Times reported that the FBI found $600,000 buried in the back yard of a former armored car driver. The investigation revealed that the stockpile of cash was from two armored car drivers who conspired to steal the loot back in June 2014.

Protecting Deposits

Retailers must ensure their bank deposits are protected.

And in March 2015, a trusted employee of a West Palm Beach business was arrested for stealing an $8,000 deposit. The investigation revealed the employee had a history of making late deposits, which highlights the importance of maintaining tight internal controls and auditing for compliance. In fact, an article published in the Arizona Republic about how retailers can prevent Store Managers from stealing deposits, stated, “Strong internal controls that evolve with the ever-changing financial environment are effective at reducing employee theft.”

Lessons learned: Intelligent Security Packaging
Both of these cases illustrate the importance of following a specific set of procedures for handling store deposits and properly protecting these funds.

“It’s imperative to have protection in place after cash has been taken out of the register or safe for the bank deposit.”

BrightHub noted that there are several preventive measures retailers can take to better safeguard their financial assets, including keeping money under lock and key while it is in the store. In addition, retailers should have a record of those who have handled store cash, as well as the reasons for these activities. Keeping these accountability forms can help cut down on loss as well as theft.

As these incidents show, it’s also imperative to have protection in place after cash has been taken out of the register or safe for the bank deposit. Currently, there are several options available, including the Intelligent Security Packaging offered by CONTROLTEK.

CONTROLTEK has state-of-the-art security packaging to ensure cash is secured all the way to the bank. Solutions like retail deposit bags, coin bags, strap and bundle bags, security seals, cash vault shipping bags, deposit tickets and endorsement stamps help keep accountability and security intact. CONTROLTEK can also include barcodes and other tracking measures to give managers and store owners the peace of mind that their deposits will reach the bank safely.

Worried about deposit security in your store? Let our expert consultants help select the solutions that will best suit your stores’ needs. Contact CONTROLTEK for more information.

CONTROLTEK Works to Harmonize and Increase Knowledge with ICCOS

CONTROLTEK is a proud sponsor at the 2015 The Americas Cash Cycle Seminar (ICCOS), a premier global seminar for commercial cash management, distribution and circulation. Held in Fort Worth, Texas on December 7-10, ICCOS is a dynamic seminar that is connecting and educating the currency industry.

CONTROLTEK’s Director of Product Management, Kris Doane, will present, “What You Measure, You Can Improve,” Tuesday, December 8 at 11:20 a.m. This session will discuss how to utilize data to observe what is actually happening in your business and discover ways to improve critical processes.

Calling all Stakeholders in Cash Circulation

The ICCOS offers three distinct educational formats: general sessions, an exhibition area, and focused breakout meetings. Stakeholders can share their ideas, best practices, and cost-saving technologies. In the exhibition area, sponsors feature their latest technologies, and this is where CONTROLTEK shines.

A Long History of Creating the Future

CONTROLTEK has been a longtime leader in the financial space, as well as a provider of security packaging solutions to other markets. Because of CONTROLTEK’s long history in this sector – we’ve been at it since 1976 after all – we have been able to witness how the cash circulation industry has changed over the years. But these changes are more marked today than in years past. As you may already know, CONTROLTEK is committed to bringing solutions to our evolving industry.

CONTROLTEK’s Solutions

Through breakout sessions and educational general sessions, we welcome the opportunity to hear from a variety of speakers and learn from their expertise. We also look forward to sharing our ideas and the successes we have had with our cost-saving products and services. With our Intelligent Security Packaging (ISP), we have been hard at work refining our offerings. From our retail deposit bags to our highly secure cash vault shipping bags, we provide industry-leading solutions for the cash-in-transit sector.

Patented Money Bags Heighten Security of Cash Transfers

CONTROLTEK’s currency bags are designed to thwart criminals

There was a time in the not too distant past when the methods and products used for transacting, storing and transporting cash were pretty much predictable – and often vulnerable. The problem is: Thieves love predictability and weak links in the chain of security.

But the bad guys now face a new obstacle. Improvements in the way currency is handled these days is due, in part, to advances in the design and quality of certain products used for the storing and transport of cash, which reduce the likelihood of tampering.

For example, patented TripLOK currency security bags, offered by security – products and loss -prevention solutions provider CONTROLTEK, improve the safety of mixed deposits and cash transfer shipments by featuring a unique triple-seal closure; four easy-to-read VideoVisual barcodes with large numbering for easy scanning by security cameras, and a high-visibility “void feature,” which appears if the secure nature of the bag has been compromised.

Meeting stringent Vault Process Certification (VPC) standards, the bags — developed by CONTROLTEK’s security experts in consultation with cash vault and loss-prevention experts across the United States – improve efficiency, while lowering vault expenses and the cost of all currency-handling applications.
Additional features include specially formulated thermochromic ink that turns red when subjected to heat, and sequential numbers, which are embedded in the closure for easy tracking.

About CONTROLTEK

Launched in 1976, CONTROLTEK has grown to be a world leader in loss-prevention solutions, offering a comprehensive line of security products developed to help businesses reduce losses to cash or merchandise. Headquartered at 95 Dermody St., in Cranford, N.J., the company, a division of the Control Group, operates an extensive North American-wide distribution system, with strategically located warehouses in New Jersey, Michigan and California.

CONTROLTEK Provides Protection of Cash Transfers, Assets and Inventories Through Its 3 Divisions

By focusing on customer needs and delivering product solutions within specific vertical markets, CONTROLTEK’s three divisions have become a single source for many companies in the United States and around the world. These customers are seeking products that protect inventory and assets, including cash deposits and currency.

In the retail industry, for example, guarding against inventory theft is a major concern. More than $13 billion worth of goods are stolen from retailers each year, according to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention®.  Shoplifters steal from all types of stores, including: department stores, specialty shops, supermarkets, drug stores, discounters, music stores, convenience stores and thrift shops. In the banking industry, the use of currency security bags can help prevent tampering and ensure accountability of the parties involved in the transfer.

Many savvy retailers and financial institutions seeking innovative security solutions turn to CONTROLTEK to meet their tough standards of quality and reliability. Under its umbrella, CONTROLTEK’s products range from deposit bags and coin bags for banks and retailers, to security tags, detachersand Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS),RFID systems and software for retailers.