Criminals are being warned that strong measures are being put in place to prevent Cash-in-Transit robberies in the run-up to and during the Christmas period. Police forces right across the UK are working with the industry to safeguard cash and valuables deliveries from criminals during the festive season. Traditionally, deliveries of cash to banks and High Street businesses increase at this time of year, in line with the demands placed on financial institutions by the spending public.
Police forces across the North West are launching a joint operation. The action will be co-ordinated by Titan (the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit), the regional collaboration which tackles serious and organised crime. Police officers from Titan, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire, Cumbria and North Wales – all supported by the British Security Industry Association, the SaferCash initiative and other partner agencies – will be working together to combat Cash-in-Transit robberies.
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, police patrol cars following cash-handling vehicles and, of course, all cash containers including a dye or DNA markers, which will be released if they’re forcefully opened.
Not a victimless crime
Detective Inspector Jon Smith from Titan’s regional intelligence unit informed Risk UK: “The region has seen a significant fall in Cash-in-Transit robberies in recent years, but we’re not complacent. We’re determined to make sure criminals don’t see these types of offences as easy ways to make money, because they most definitely are not.”
Smith continued: “Our message to those planning on carrying out Cash-in-Transit robberies in the run-up to Christmas is clear. We will find you and we’ll make sure you spend this Christmas and many more to come behind bars away from your family and loved ones. Robberies that target Cash-in-Transit vehicles, banks, Post Offices and commercial businesses are often violent offences that can result in life-changing mental and physical scars on those who find themselves confronted by these criminals. This is by no means a victimless form of crime. These robberies can cause deep distress to those at the brunt of the attacks who are just trying to earn an honest living.”
In conclusion, Detective Inspector Smith explained: “Together with the six police forces in the North West, Titan is committed to cracking down on the criminals who render the lives of people making an honest living in the security and commercial industries a misery. We will continue to use all the powers available to us to target these criminals, prevent offences and bring those responsible for criminality to justice.”
Police officers use both high-visibility and covert patrols on the ground and, in some cases, will escort security vehicles as they carry out their normal deliveries.
Rob Johnson, head of risk at courier Loomis UK, commented: “Loomis and the wider Cash-in-Transit industry works very closely with police forces across the UK. Initiatives such as this, which are aimed at targeting criminals who try to commit Cash-in-Transit crime, play a very important part in reducing attacks on our staff.”
Johnson added: “Loomis uses cutting-edge technology in its vehicles and equipment that’s designed not only to protect our staff, but also to help the police with their investigations. Those investigations often result in arrest, successful prosecutions and lengthy sentences for Cash-in-Transit criminals.”