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.