UK Police ramp up support for Cash in Transit over Christmas
Across the UK, Police Forces are once again collaborating with the Cash in Transit (CIT) industry to safeguard our collections and deliveries during the festive season.
Strong measures are now in place to support our teams and prevent CIT robberies in the run up to, and during, the Christmas period.
Police forces across the UK, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), SaferCash and other partner agencies will again work together to combat CIT 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 with previous years, a number of tactics will be employed to prevent any 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.
These are by no means victimless crimes as robberies that target CIT vehicles, banks, post offices, and commercial businesses are very often extremely violent. They can result in life-changing mental and physical scars for those who find themselves confronted by these criminals. These robberies can cause deep distress to those at the brunt of the attacks, who are after all, just trying to earn an honest living.
Rob Johnson, Head of Risk at Loomis UK comments: “Loomis and the wider Cash in Transit Industry work very closely with Police forces across the UK and 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.”
“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 Cash in Transit criminals.”
The public are asked to be vigilant and please report any suspicious activity by dialling 101 or calling Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.