Securing Outdoor Vending Machines

If you are considering installing outdoor vending machines at your place of business, it is important that you are able to keep those machines safe and secure. This is especially true in light of the unfortunate fact that there are always thieves looking to steal merchandise, money and even the machine itself!

While outdoor vending machines used to be impractical, new vending technology has changed all that. On college campuses and at amusement parks across the country, for example, you will often see soda and water vending machines dotting the landscape. There also are candy machines that allow chocolate to stay cool. These machines can be found at swimming pools and in other busy outdoor locations.

If you have an outdoor vending machine at your place of business, or are looking into putting soda or candy vending machines in an outdoor location, security is always an issue. Unlike indoor vending machines, which are easier to keep an eye on, outdoor vending machines may be unattended for longer periods of time.

What follows are some important tips to keep your outdoor vending machines—and what those machines hold inside—safe and secure:

Select a strategic but safe vending machine location

Most people think that a location with a good flow of customers is all they need to consider. The truth is that such a place also has to be safe, especially at night. Adequate lighting and tight security also are important considerations.

Don’t scrimp on vending machine quality

Quality, modern vending equipment have strong security features that are difficult to crack. In other words, higher-quality vending machines will discourage would-be thieves.

Remove cash daily

It is a good idea to post a sign prominently on vending machines that states that your vending machine does not store large amounts of cash. Of course, equally important is that you remove all cash from the machine on a daily basis.

Consider a vending machine cage

While vending machine enclosures guard against theft and vandalism, these types of cages can be off-putting and expensive, as well. Therefore, you need to think carefully before making such an investment. Vending machine enclosures make the most sense in situations where a business is only open during particular times of day. One example would be a business that is only open at night and the vending machine stands alone for a good part of the day.

Vending machines placed outdoors can be lucrative. The key is making sure remain safe and secure 24 hours a day.


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