In 2011, 144 crew members fell victim to attack, with many sustaining minor and serious injury, sustaining long-term physical and psychological effects from shootings, stabbings, pistol whippings and severe beatings, all whilst carrying out the day-to-day requirements of their job.
Transporting around £500 billion every year – the equivalent to £1.4 billion every day – the UK’s cash-in-transit industry performs an essential public service, keeping cash moving around the country, supporting banks, retailers and businesses by facilitating millions of transactions every day.
James Kelly, Chief Executive of the BSIA, comments: “Often, couriers suffer extreme and unforgettable violence, and demonstrate admirable bravery in delivering this essential public service. My thoughts remain with all of the couriers who suffered attack last year, and preventing others from experiencing the same physical and psychological harm is the driving force behind our ongoing commitment to reducing cash-in-transit crime even further in 2012.”
It’s not just couriers who suffer as a result of cash-in-transit crime. Joint research commissioned by the BSIA and the Home Office has shown that in many cases, cash-in-transit offenders can also be linked to a wide range of other crimes, from car key burglary to drug offences and even murder.
Ashley Bailey, Chairman of the BSIA’s Cash and Valuables in Transit (CVIT) section, adds: “The effects of cash-in-transit attacks are wide-reaching, as these are neither isolated nor victimless crimes. Officers who fall victim of attacks often suffer severe physical and psychological harm as a result. Moreover, sometimes members of the public are also caught up in the trauma, some incurring injury as a result.”
If you have any information about cash-in-transit crime in your area, you can help keep these criminals off the streets by calling the police, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
For more information about the BSIA and the work of its Cash and Valuables in Transit Section, visit www.bsia.co.uk/cash-and-valuables-in-transit