The only news website
dedicated to Lichfield & Burntwood

Police step-up patrols to prevent cash van raids in Staffordshire

Police have stepped up patrols to tackle the anticipated increase in raids on cash vans during December and January.

The Follow that Van initiative encourages officers to keep a close eye on delivery vehicles.

Banks, building societies, post offices, betting shops, supermarkets, off licences, bars, restaurants and garages are all closely monitored under the scheme.

Detective Superintendent Martin Evans, who is leading the anti-robbery drive, said: “The increased use of covert patrols will make cash in transit robberies a far more risky enterprise for gangs.

“We are aware of the potential hot-spots, we are in regular communication with the industry over delivery times and are generally well prepared.”

The drive to reduce cash van raids plays a major role regionally with neighbouring police forces, with the aims of preventing and disrupting the thieves and increasing the risk of detection for the robbers.

Police are in regular contact with the security industry and key businesses in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire area, to carry out constant risks assessments.

Det Supt Evans added : “Marked and unmarked police cars will follow security vehicles, but there are many other covert tactics in place.

“This is a crime which can have lasting effects on the people who are working for the security companies or businesses, but it is one we are determined to stop.”

Anyone with any information about such crime can contact us on 101 or ring 999 in an emergency.

A volunteer wrote this. Say thanks with a coffee.

Founder of LichfieldLive and editor of the site.