The first concept of armoured trucks can be traced back to Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches in 1485. His sketches consisted of a circular platform on four wheels with light cannons facing out. Though his design was considered flawed, it commenced further innovations for the development of armoured vehicles.
Armoured trucks have many features which include stainless steel bodies, keyless entry, detection systems, built-in safes, GPS, cameras, and other high-end technologies to meet the strictest level of security. They are greatly utilized by the police, military, and famously in cash-in-transit industries (CIT). Manufacturers like Mercedes, Lexus, Toyota, Cadillac, Audi, and BMW have created armoured vehicles for civilian use. A famous one is the Nurburg 460 built by Mercedes Benz, which is now publicly known as the “Popemobile.”
Cash-in-transit vehicles are mostly bulletproof and are fashioned to transport extremely large quantities of money, especially during ATM replenishment. However, no matter how advanced these vehicles are, they have become targets of robbery and theft. Transporting cash is no longer as safe as it once was as criminals are mostly attracted to robbing CIT vehicles than robbing banks wherein they can be easily trapped.
In the book entitled Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention by Bonnie S. Fisher and Steven P. Lab, it was mentioned that while some robbers target banks, others prefer robbing cash-in-transit vehicles. The robbers depict two main methods in committing the crime: 1) stopping and then attacking a mobile vehicle and 2) robbing drivers and couriers during delivery or collection. A study in the United Kingdom showed that most robbers preferred the latter method due to the difficulty of stopping a moving vehicle. Thus, the rise of cash-in-transit heists.
According to an article by Lance Smith and Erin Louis, a total of 89 robbery incidents were recorded by Australian CIT companies over a 20-year period (1989-2008). Specifically, there were 18 incidents in 2007 and 11 incidents in 2008. In South Africa, there have been 135 cash-in-transit incidents in 2018 alone.
To avoid these risks, SecureCash offers cash-in-transit services by picking up your cash in an unmarked soft-skinned vehicle. They collect your money right at your doorstep and take it to the bank on your behalf. Whether it’s a one-time pickup or a regular transaction, they got you covered.
“Why do they prefer non-armoured vehicles?”, you may ask. Well, first, imagine a big armoured truck pulling up outside your office. This would alert anyone who is looking for the next place to rob. Chances are, they won’t go after the armoured truck now, but they’ll be after your company’s money instead. The next thing you know is they are already breaking into your building.
In line with this, SecureCash bank couriers do not wear security uniforms. This is to avoid drawing too much attention from the public eye. Now, the couriers can simply blend in the crowd during the cash handling process. Less public attention makes way for faster and much smoother transactions.
As one of Australia’s leading cash-in-transit service providers, SecureCash aims to provide the best and safest way to move your money. They are available 24 hours a day, coast to coast––Australia-wide. With branches in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney plus a network of licensed contractors covering the rest of the country, you can rely on SecureCash to get the job done. As a cash security company, SecureCash always puts your business and your safety as the number one priority.
To know more about SecureCash and on how they can help you with your banking, visit their website at www.securecash.com.au or call them at 1300 SECURE today!