5 tips to select the ideal locking system for your gaming machines.


5 tips to select optimum locking security

5 tips to select optimum locking security


Gambling continues to be a lucrative business across the world. The UK Gambling Commission recently announced that gaming machines are generating £2.6 billion revenue annually. Consequently, these profits encourage criminals to gain access to the machines.

Thomas Steiner, Head of Sales & Business Development at Camlock Systems, shares five tips to assist in choosing the optimum locking system for your gaming machine.


1) Change your key combination 

According to a white paper by Cisco, 50% of all casino losses are caused by employee theft. In the gambling industry, keys are often passed through many hands every day, which increases the risk of keys getting lost or stolen. Employees leaving the business could take the keys and choose to sell them online.

Replacing the locks to restore security every time this happens is an expensive way of dealing with the problem.

A solution can be locks that allow you to change the key combination quickly and easily when security is breached. Once the key combination is changed, the old key will no longer operate the lock and security is restored. Camlock’s ‘Camatic’ lock range is available with 8 or 12 changeable combinations and the mechanism has been incorporated into many product types such as cam locks, push locks, switchlocks or locking inserts” Thomas Steiner explains.


2) Use patented locking systems

The gambling industry employs many people. In 2015, around 100,000 individuals worked in the gaming sector in the UK alone. In an industry where many employees have responsibility for the keys of your machines, there is a greater risk of someone duplicating them, for instance by taking them to a local locksmith. Patented locking systems prevent unauthorized key duplication as the lock manufacturer controls the production and availability of additional locks and keys. 


3) Take control over your keys

Select a locking security company that offers a key registration service. This ensures that only authorised individuals within your organisation can confidentially order additional keys or locks manufactured to an existing key number. Some companies, such as Camlock Systems, also offer to run key management systems for customers with large suites of locks, for example by assigning keys to specific areas.

Thomas Steiner stresses the importance of a system that documents who is in possession of your keys, and when, in order to reduce the risk of losing them. “A number of simple solutions are available such as keeping a record of key holders on a spread sheet and identifying keys with differently coloured covers” says Thomas Steiner. Using an electronic key cabinet and reducing the number of key holders can also greatly improve your key management.

Key cabinet


4) Buy time

A secure lock buys time, which helps you to detect, or prevent, an attack on your machine. For instance, a thief may use a hammer to damage the locks on your machine or learn online how to pick them. The higher the resistance of the lock, the longer it will take a thief to break in and this gives time to notice the attack. 

 “Our experience shows that a locking system with medium to high pick and manipulation resistance is ideal to withstand attacks” highlights Thomas Steiner. Various suitable locking systems are available on the market. On Camlock Systems’ website, customers can for example refine their product search according to the level of resistance they require.


5) Add an extra lock

An extra lock on your machine can significantly improve security and key management. For instance, locking the cashbox separately allows you to provide access to a limited number of staff only. Other employees may be able to access the machine to restock or service it, whilst the cashbox remains secure.

Some operators rely on a lock with a dual control mechanism to protect their cashboxes. These locks can only be operated when the holders of two different keys are in attendance. Thomas Steiner also calls Camlock’s DC4 dual control lock “the supervisor lock” because it is often used where a supervisor and an employee have to be present to gain access. Supervisors witnessing cash handling operations is an obligatory requirement in some countries, for example Canada, and a company policy in many other places around the world.

Extra locking means extra security and this can buy you vital time. Secondary locking can also be achieved by protecting your machine with additional locks such as a padlock fitted to a chain or strap around the cabinet.


There are 171,163 gaming machines in Great Britain that need to be protected with a suitable locking system. With a range of solutions available on the market, it can be difficult to choose the best locking system for your machine. “Guidance from a locking security expert can be beneficial as it is easy to overlook certain points” concludes Thomas Steiner. “At Camlock Systems we offer advice from the initial discussions to the installation of the lock to ensure that our customers are provided with the most suitable locking system for their requirements”.