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SYP - Follow That Van

Following the success of it's ‘Follow that van’ operation last year, South Yorkshire Police (SYP) is again stepping up its fight against cash-in-transit (CIT) and commercial robberies in the run up to Christmas and the New Year.

To further ensure the safety of staff working in this industry over the busy festive period, SYP working closely with the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and other partner agencies, will implement a variety of tactics cracking down on this type of crime in Operation Monach, including the initiative nicknamed ‘follow that van’.

In addition to planned police escorts for certain security vehicles, police officers in patrol cars have been briefed to escort any CIT vehicles they come across whilst on their normal duties. The crackdown is designed to keep potential criminals on their toes and deter them from attacking these vehicles.

Detective Constable Nina Kitchener said, “This operation has proved successful in the past – there has not been a single cash-in-transit robbery in South Yorkshire in the four years that we’ve run ‘Follow that van’ – and we’re hoping it will produce the same result this year.”

Dick Hanks, British Security Industry Association Police Liaison Manager, said: “Cash-in-transit attacks cause injury and trauma to couriers going about their work and put members of the public at risk, so it is extremely important that this crime is combated.”

DC Kitchener added: “South Yorkshire Police is committed to safeguarding people in our county and this includes those working in the security industry. We’re looking to send a clear message to criminals that if you attempt to commit this type of crime in South Yorkshire you will be caught and prosecuted. The public should not be concerned if they see police officers escorting security staff.  This is purely a deterrent to criminals and indicative of SYP’s commitment to public safety."

Anyone with any information about criminals linked to CIT robberies is urged to report it to their local police station or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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