Security expert suggests use of dye packs by cash couriers to prevent robberies

Former Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mark Shields says the use of dye packs should be a condition of contracts for security companies to get cash-in-transit jobs.


A dye pack is a radio-controlled device which would enable banks to permanently mark stolen cash with dye, shortly after a robbery.


Mr Shield’s suggestion comes in the wake of another armed robbery, in Portmore, St. Catherine, during which a civilian and three Beryllium security guards were shot and wounded.


Police report that around 12:40 PM yesterday (March 19), the security guards were servicing a Scotiabank automated teller machine, when they were pounced upon by armed men who robbed them.


The incident followed an attack in Portmore Pines, three weeks ago, when a security guard was shot and killed and two others were wounded, as thieves made off with $10 million in cash.


In light of the armed robberies, Mr Shields told IRIE FM news that organizations who are contracting security companies for cash-in-transit jobs, must ensure that moneys are at least transported with dye packs.

He explained that dye packs would be one efficient deterrent against this type of crime.



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