Blending in Could Cut Down on Armored Bank Truck Robberies
News reports of armored car robberies seem to have increased recently. Just this month, an armored bank truck traveling from Massachusetts to Florida was hijacked near Raleigh, NC, when it pulled over on the interstate because of engine trouble. Robbers made off with 275 pounds of gold bars.
In February, an armored car driver shot a suspect in an attempted robbery outside a Virginia bank.
Those are just a few of the incidents making headlines. Is this a growing problem? The most recent FBI statistics are from 2011 report 5,086 robberies, burglaries or larcenies of federally insured financial institutions, according to this New Orleans news article. In that same year, there were 42 reported robbery attempts on armored bank trucks. Thieves made off with more than $6.5 million in total. Less than $1 million was recovered.
While dangerous, robbing an armored bank truck can be seen as a lucrative haul – assuming the thieves aren’t shot or captured during the heist.
So what can armored car companies and their customers do? Armored bank trucks are easy targets because they are easily recognizable. Anyone can spot an armored bank truck rolling down the highway or even more obviously parked outside a bank, ATM or other business.
What if armored bank trucks didn’t look like, well, armored bank trucks?
At Streit USA Armoring, for example, we have a GMC Savanna that’s simply a large white van. It blends in with civilian vehicles so others can’t be sure if it’s transporting money, a construction crew or a high school sports team.
This armored bank truck accommodates up to 11 passengers plus the driver with comfortable seating and plenty of legroom. Not only is it inconspicuous but with a 350hp 6.0L V8 engine, it has the power to transport occupants out of dangerous situations – quickly and discretely.
For banks and other businesses in need of cash-in-transit vehicles, it might be time to consider a solution that’s less obvious.