Vending machines are simply operated gadgets catering items of everyday use like snacks, cold drinks, chocolates, energy bars, bubble gums, etc. in the exchange of money. It doesn’t need any human help for the exchange process as the customer just needs to insert the coin and select the desired item.
Though this is a hassle free technique but the absence of human assistance increases the chance of theft. This is one major security concern regarding the vending machines.
Vending Machine Thefts
There are many types of thefts involved with vending machines of which the most common one happens to be the use of foreign currency coins. In cases of theft, people make use of insignificant tokens or washers with the same shape and size as the coins accepted by the machine. There have been cases where the machines itself were stolen. For instance, there was a case registered in Brisbane where the thieves disguised as workmen stole cigarette vending machines.
Given the increasing number of thefts, machines now are equipped with mechanism to prevent theft. Using “magnetic signature” for reading the coins, avoids the reception of coins other than itemized types. Invention of MDB (Multi-Drop Bus) has also helped significantly in the security issues.