Cash-in-Transit: An analysis of the victimization of armoured guards

Wetstein, Simon Marcus
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University of Guelph

Although armoured truck guards perform a valuable service in transporting cash and other valuables to financial institutions, businesses, and private individuals, there has been very little research into the ways in which they are victimized while on-duty. Routine Activities Theory was used as a theoretical basis to analyze data collected from respondents currently employed as armoured guards regarding their victimization experiences, and to provide policy suggestions to reduce the likelihood of further incidents. Respondents were asked to answer questions regarding their target suitability and level of guardianship, as well as the geographic and environmental characteristics of the location in which the event took place. Results suggest mixed support for the use of Routine Activities Theory as a suitable explanation for the victimization of armoured guards.

armoured truck, armoured guard, crime prevention, cash-in-transit, Routine Activities Theory, victimization, CPTED, crime prevention through environmental design