Despite attack levels reaching an all-time low in 2013, falling victim to attack and robbery remains a very real threat for Cash in Transit couriers, according to the statistics published by SaferCash, the Cash in Transit intelligence service of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA).
The number of attacks on Cash in Transit couriers reached a record low last year, with 270 attacks taking place - this represents a 30% decrease on 2012, and a 75% decrease on the all-time high figure of 1,060 in 2009.
In the article published on the BSIA website, James Kelly, Chief Executive of the British Security Industry Association, commented: “These consistent year-on-year successes are testament to the continued joint efforts of industry, government and Police in tackling this serious and violent crime."
"However, it is the violent nature of this crime – and its significant impact on its victims – that is the driving force behind all stakeholders’ efforts to reduce both the number and impact of Cash in Transit attacks, and the statistics contained in this report highlight the vital importance of all stakeholders’ continued commitment to this cause.”
The article continues;
Looking closer at the risk of violence faced by couriers, it is clear that – despite an overall reduction in the number of attacks – serious injury is still a very real threat to couriers. While overall injury rates decreased since 2012, almost a quarter of attacks in 2013 (24%) resulted in some kind of injury, and the proportion of attacks where firearms were used or intimated has risen from 10% in 2012 to 14% in 2013. [The] Cash in Transit industry performs an essential public service, keeping cash moving around the country, supporting banks, retailers and businesses by facilitating millions of transactions every day.
Steve Hurst, the Head of SaferCash, said: “For couriers going about their daily duties, these figures can never be far from their minds, and it is for this reason that we as an industry, along with our colleagues in Government and Police forces across the country, cannot afford to rest on our laurels.”