Greater security for cash transports
19 May 2006, BRUSSELS — Interior Minister Patrick Dewael has decided to assign more police officers to guard money transports in the wake of a series of robberies.
19 May 2006
BRUSSELS — Interior Minister Patrick Dewael has decided to assign more police officers to guard money transports in the wake of a series of robberies.
The Liberal VLD minister also said booby-trapped security bags will be used at all times in future to transport the cash.
The new measures must be implemented by the end of the year. In the meantime, transports with or without booby-trapped cases will be given police escorts.
There will also be an increased police presence at places where security vans are considered most at risk such as banks, supermarkets and warehouses.
Police will be better briefed on the routes used by security companies when transporting money.
The measures are being introduced on request from the industry following a worrying rise in the number of robberies.
A total of eight vans were targeted in 2005, compared with five hold-ups this year alone.
However, the culprits usually escape with nothing because the bags carrying the money are booby-trapped.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news