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Once again, criminals are being warned that strong measures are being put in place to prevent Cash in Transit robberies in the run up to Christmas.

Across the UK, Cash in Transit security will be the focus of police forces as deliveries of cash to banks and businesses increase in line with demands placed by the spending public.

Forces are working with the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), SaferCash and other partner agencies to safeguard cash and valuable deliveries from criminals, during the festive season.

Officers from Greater Manchester are working to cut the number of attacks on security staff during Christmas and beyond. Officers will be armed with tazers and will utilise dogs as a deterrent and to guard Manchester cash-in-transit vans and their crews as they carry extra cash over the festive period.

A number of tactics will be employed to prevent these robberies, including overt and covert CCTV monitoring; patrol cars following cash-handling vehicles; and of course, all cash containers include a dye or DNA markers, which will be released if they are forcefully opened.

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 Loomis UK commented: “Loomis and the wider CViT Industry work very closely with Police forces across the UK and initiatives such as this, which are aimed at targeting criminals who try to commit CViT crime, play a very important part in reducing attacks on our staff.”

“Loomis use cutting edge technology in vehicles and equipment that are designed not only to protect our staff but also to help the Police with their investigations, often resulting in arrest, successful prosecution and lengthy sentences for CViT criminals.”

Forces throughout the country are asking the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity by dialling 101 or calling Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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