Police Escorts For Cash Vans

7 Dec 2010

Police in South Yorkshire are stepping up the fight against ‘cash in transit’ robberies in the run up to Christmas.

South Yorkshire Police has launched a new initative known as ‘Follow The Van’ aimed at improving the safety of staff driving vehicles containing cash which will involve officers giving police escorts to cash vans on the region’s roads. The crackdown is aimed at deterring criminals who target the vans.

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

GMB Senior Organiser Graham Benton, himself once a CIT driver in Rotherham, said, “South Yorkshire Police are to be commended in their efforts to prevent injury to our members working for employers such as G4S and Security Plus. Some people may think it’s only a crime against property when money is stolen but the trauma and stress our members suffer is indescribable for them and their families. GMB members going about their daily business doing their job do not deserve to be attacked when members of the public may also be put at risk.

Anyone with information about criminals linked to cash in transit robberies should call police on 0114 220 2020 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”