Six Key Uses for Security Tape and Security Labels by Casinos

Six Key Uses for Security Tape and Security Labels by Casinos

Posted by Steve Diebold

Security labels and security tapes are common tools for protecting casinos’ assets, both inside during operations and in the supply chain for equipment and supplies. Security tapes and labels are extremely versatile because there are many different types, which you can explore here.

While casino guests rarely see security tapes, labels, and other sealing devices in use, they play an integral role. Security personnel utilize them in secure areas and under tight control -- away from guests for an added layer of security.

But be assured they are playing a vital function in casino security. Here are six common uses of security tapes and labels in casinos.

1. Securing gambling machines

A tamper evident security tape or security label is often used to detect the opening of a gambling machine. Authorized personnel must remove and replace the label or tape when accessing certain parts of the machine for service or refilling cash and ticket compartments. Sometimes the machine itself is not sealed externally, but critical inside access points will have a security label or seal to be opened under stricter control. These are internal functions beyond minor maintenance issues like paper jams or system resets.

2. Securing cash and paper assets

The cash moving through a casino operation needs continuous control and is sealed at various times, depending on each casino’s security protocol. It normally arrives in a sealed container which can be a bulk container, bank bag, or individual carriers that fit slot machines or cash dispensers. Each container will likely have a security label or may be closed with security tape, or a mechanical seal in the case of a bank bag.

Cash in transit within the casino travels in secure carts which are usually sealed with a security label or mechanical seal and are transported to all areas where cash is dispensed or handled. The coupons and guest gift vouchers that are pre-printed are also transported and stored in sealed cartons and containers.

Also, the paper used for cash vouchers is closely guarded and is often sealed in secure containers until printed and issued to a guest. This requires security tape for cartons and containers and sometimes the internal cassette in a machine that prints the vouchers.

3. Tracking inventory and use rates of essentials

To ensure sufficient supplies of key items are kept in stock, and to prevent unauthorized access or pilferage, casinos apply security tapes and labels to cartons, storage cabinets and transfer containers of many items. Examples include playing cards, dice, gaming table equipment, and slot machine parts, as well as the casino’s member ID cards.

Security labels and tapes also are used to protect valuable hospitality supplies such as liquor, cigarettes, complimentary gifts and prizes. The seals indicate any opening, which helps to deter and detect possible losses from pilfering or even accidental opening. This type of use extends both to the gaming area of the casino as well as attached hotels, restaurants and bars. You may even find them on the mini bar in casino hotel rooms.

4. Protecting inbound casino supplies and equipment

This is a common but often unseen use of security tape. The tape is applied to boxes of items that must maintain their integrity from door to floor. Things like dice, roulette balls, and playing cards that leave the manufacturing plant are closed with security tape which is configured as package tape. That security tape is inspected and removed at the casino to assure that the contents of the carton are not violated in transit. The same application of tape or labels is used for any inbound printed material, forms, equipment, data components or other sensitive items requiring tamper evidence before use.

Tape is commonly used for cartons and larger containers and is often applied in the same way as normal packing tape. Labels are used for a wide range of packages, usually smaller items like envelopes and internal packing.

5. Guarding sensitive electronics and technology

Casinos rely heavily on advanced technology for every part of their operation. Data storage and computing centers are tightly controlled. Cameras and movement monitoring, record keeping and accounting, game controls, transactional records, inventory and almost everything that occurs, runs in concert with computers and electronics. Security labels and security tape are applied to electronic equipment to monitor, detect, and record access to these devices or their controls.

6. Controlling access points

Within a casino property, there are many uses for security labels and tape to detect opening, or closing of doors, gates, and other access points. Some of these include storage areas for supplies or maintenance equipment, restricted doors, bins. Also, labels or seals protect mechanical control panels, valves or switches, control cabinets, for physical operations including electrical, plumbing and HVAC.

Some of these require a mechanical seal instead of a label, but AC&M supplies all types of security seals to fit almost any possible need.

An experienced security expert is always available to help casino operators in getting the right security label, security tape or tamper evident seal to meet your needs.

Contact a specialist at: info@seals.com or call 1-866-331-2592 in the US or 516-349-7010 from outside the US.