Companies fight back after uptick in armored car robberies

The FBI says armed car robberies are becoming more common and more violent, and companies now are speaking out about it
November 18, 2013 4:18:59 PM PST
It seems like every week we're telling you about an armored truck robbery in the area, but now the companies being targeted are fighting back.

The attempt to rob an armored car here at the Chase Bank on FM 1960 on October 7 was just one of 10 armed car robbery calls law enforcement responded to this year.

"Now its jump out, no questions asked, opening fire and attempting to take the funds," said Robert Hatchett with GardaWorld.

its a concern, and not just because its a lot more than last year's three armed car robberies.

"Because we want to ensure everyone's safety," Hatchett said.

The FBI says the armed car robberies are getting more violent, and while law enforcement has arrested three men in connection with the October 7 incident, many of the other investigations are still open.

GardaWorld runs armored cars all over the country, and on October 7, a GardaWorld worker was badly hurt in the attempt on FM 1960.

Four out of the 10 armored car robberies have been GardaWorld's. That's why the company is speaking out now.

"The public can help us by not interfering with the armed guard who's delivering a service into a bank," Hatchett said.

But safety for armored car guards isn't the only issue. There have been bystanders to the 10 armored car robberies and attempted this year.

"We're going to defend ourselves, we're going to defend the public, we're gong to defend our property and we're going to prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law," Hatchett said.

GardaWorld says customers should not block an armored car when you park, don't joke about robbing one and don't distract the workers.

Anyone who spots something suspicious is asked to contact the appropriate company or law enforcement.

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