Financial controls - to reduce the risk of errors, misuse or theft of the resources you have been entrusted with.

Security measures - to provide protection for these resources and, more importantly, for your staff whose lives may be put at risk during a violent robbery.

Financial controls and security are complementary and are dealt with together in the following sections.

Key Questions before leaving head office

Assessing risks

Risks will vary. The following list will help you to identify your immediate priorities:

In the early stages of an emergency

Theft or loss of cash are generally the greatest risks. Measures such as getting a safe and checking balances are therefore the priorities.

As the programme gets going

There will be a rapid increase in the risk of fraud and mismanagement. You can reduce the risk by:

It is important to go through the Checklists regularly to assess the health of your financial controls and security. Case study