Crackdown on Christmas Cash in Transit robberies
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 prevent cash and valuable deliveries being targeted by criminals during the festive season.
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 taggant, which will be released if they are forcefully opened.
In just one initiative, West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police have just launched their annual “Follow That Van” campaign to highlight work being done by officers to protect security vehicles carrying cash across Worcestershire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Telford & Wrekin and Warwickshire.
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.
Detective Inspector Pete Funnell of the Intelligence Bureau for the two forces, said: “Cash in transit robberies remain rare and the forces do all they can to keep it that way.”
“The offence is still taken extremely seriously, which is why we have launched the Follow That Van campaign this month, a campaign we have run for several years in West Mercia and are now rolling out across the alliance.”
“We use a range of covert and overt police tactics, including officers in uncommitted patrol cars, who follow these vehicles to ensure safe deliveries, reassure drivers and act as a clear deterrent to any potential 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.