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

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.

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.

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.

Are You Prepared For Seasonal Money-Bag Demand?

Retailers’ increased cash volume warrants buying additional bank deposit bags in advance of holiday season

With projections that back-to-school spending will show a 13 percent increase over last year, retailers are optimistic about their remaining 2014 autumn-to-winter cash flows and holiday spending.

CONTROLTEK ISP (Intelligent Security Packaging), a leading provider of retail deposit bags for handling currency, recommends that businesses assess their needs for vault-ready money bags and plan to have an ample supply on hand for the upcoming holiday shopping season.

The company’s patented security bag line is branded with the TripLok® and SafeLok® names. Both bags contain several important features developed in consultation with loss prevention professionals.

One of these is a unique triple-seal closure from TripLok and an easy press to close seal from SafeLok.

Another is the placement of four easy-to-read barcodes located strategically for scanning by security cameras.

And a highly visible tampering-evident “void” indicator signals that the bag needs closer scrutiny.

Plastic bank deposit bags are available in varying standard sizes, but custom sizes can be arranged, as can custom imprints.

Stock sizes range in capacity from one bundle containing 1,000 bills to 22 bundles consisting of 22,000 bills.

Choices are clear or white; smaller capacities (up to four bundles) are available with pockets.