Police service ramps up support for Cash-in-Transit couriers during run-in to Christmas

Across the UK, police forces are once again collaborating with the Cash-in-Transit industry to safeguard collections and deliveries during the festive season. Strong measures are now in place to support courier teams and prevent Cash-in-Transit robberies in the run up to – and during – the Christmas period.

Police forces are working alongside the British Security Industry Association, the SaferCash initiative and other partner agencies to combat Cash-in-Transit robberies. Officers will use both highly-visible and covert patrols on the ground and, in some cases, will escort security vehicles as they carry out their normal deliveries.

As has been the case in previous years, a number of tactics will be employed to prevent any robberies, including overt and covert CCTV monitoring and police patrol cars following cash-handling vehicles. Of course, all cash containers also include a dye or DNA markers which will be released if those containers should be forcefully opened.

These are by no means victimless crimes as robberies that target Cash-in-Transit vehicles, banks, Post Offices and commercial businesses are very often extremely violent in nature. They can result in life-changing mental and physical scars for those who find themselves confronted by these criminals. The robberies can cause deep distress to those at the brunt of the attacks. In other words, those who are, after all, just trying to earn an honest living.

Rob Johnson, head of risk at cash courier Loomis UK, commented: “Loomis and the wider Cash-in-Transit industry works very closely with police forces across the UK on helping to safeguard couriers. Initiatives that aim to target criminals who try to commit Cash-in-Transit crime play a very important part in reducing attacks on our staff.”

As a business, Loomis uses cutting-edge technology in terms of its vehicles and equipment. That technology is designed not only to protect members of staff, but also to help the police service with its investigations, which very often result in arrest, successful prosecution and lengthy sentences for Cash-in-Transit criminals.

About the Author

Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications)

Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting.

In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector.

In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute’s George van Schalkwyk Award.

An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award.

Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site.

Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media.

Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014.

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