|The security industry remains committed to its partnership to combat the cash-in-transit crimes|
The British Security Industry Association (BSIA)
has welcomed the sentencing of five cash-in-transit robbers, which took place at Preston Crown Court.
The offenders, who were responsible for two cash-in-transit robberies in the winter of 2008 during which a cash-in-transit courier was shot and seriously wounded, received hefty sentences totalling over 50 years.
James Kelly, BSIA Chief Executive, comments: "The BSIA welcomes this sentence, which sends a clear message to any would-be criminals who may be considering future crimes. Last year, the cash-in-transit industry suffered over 1000 attacks in the UK, leaving 176 crew members and a Police Officer seriously injured. This is not a victimless crime and often members of the public are caught up in the trauma, many suffering injury."
"The BSIA works closely with all police forces to combat cash-in-transit crime, and our thanks go to the officers involved in this case for their dedication in bringing these men to justice."
Police were assisted in this case by unique taggant technology, which has been developed by the cash-in-transit industry, to help catch criminals. Unique taggants, or codes, are used in dyes or smoke which are released if cash is stolen and will spread onto skin and clothing, leaving information trail for police to trace a stolen note to an incident or place an individual at the scene of a crime. In this case, banknotes used by the offenders were traced back to the robbery in question.
The offenders, who received hefty sentences totalling over 50 years, were caught with help from security industry technology
Alan Townsend, Chairman of Banknote Watch
- a partnership between the manufacturers, installers and users of cash staining systems and the Government and Police that promotes the fact that a stained note is probably a stolen note - comments: "The effectiveness of unique taggant technology in helping to bring these criminals to justice is testament to the continued investment and commitment of the cash-in-transit industry to increase criminals' chances of getting caught."
Ashley Bailey, Section Chairman of the BSIA's Cash and Valuables in Transit section, adds: "These sentences provide another reminder of the serious nature of cash-in-transit robbery. The security industry remains committed to its ongoing partnership with Government and the Police to combat this serious crime."
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