ARMED police will escort cash deliveries as security is stepped up to prevent Christmas criminals profiting.
Just five days after a van delivering cash to a Fleetwood bank was stormed by armed robbers on Thursday, Lancashire Police announced extra measures are being put in place to protect security staff.
Officers will be using both high-visibility and covert patrols to keep an eye on cash-handling vehicles in the run-up to Christmas, when thieves often strike.
Det Chief Insp Tim Leeson, of Lancashire Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: “We will be stepping up our fight against criminals who carry out robberies in the run up to the busy festive period.
“Our activity is aimed at targeting, deterring and disrupting criminals who carry out these robberies. We will target travelling criminals as the majority of offences are committed by offenders from outside the county. The whole force is working together to stop dangerous criminals coming into the county.
“This includes response and neighbourhood officers, as well as specialist teams such as firearms officers and roads policing officers.
“We are totally committed to keeping members of the public safe and to protecting workers from criminals who are often prepared to use violence.”
In a bid to prevent the robberies police will also be CCTV and patrol cars will be following cash handling vehicles.
Police are still hunting the four men behind Thursday’s robbery, which happened outside Santander just before 6pm.