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What is behind the many Raids on a money Transporter

Unknown raided on Monday a money Transporter in the vicinity of Daillens, VD, and plundered it. Then they put him, as well as two of their own vehicles on fire and fled with a third vehicle. Cases like this are not uncommon in Switzerland. In the Romandie such Raids happen in apparent regularity. The most important questions and answers on the topic.

How many such cases were already in Switzerland?

The latest incident marked the already 13. Robbery in the West of Switzerland since 1994, with eleven occurred in the years between 2011 and 2019. On the following map, the previous cases are recorded without those of Daillens.

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Why happen to the Raids always in the Romandie?

In German-speaking Switzerland are such Raids, at least looking back on the last ten years, is still unknown. They were all in border cantons to France. The assumption is that the proximity to the neighboring country plays a role.

The police suspected French gangs behind the attacks. The end of the 1990s, it is brutal in our neighbouring country, again and again, in part as a deadly robbery came to raids. France has already taken early action: cash-in-transit for the supply of ATMs are allowed to operate since the year 2000, only during the day. And this ban clearly shows effect. Since then, the Raids had gone back said the squad Bengueche of Transport of the Alpes du Nord (CGT) of this newspaper in September.

what is the attacker?

During the RAID in La Sarraz, VD, in August of this year, the perpetrators stopped the truck on the journey. The attackers kept the inmates weapons type Kalashnikov, forced them to get out. In front of the car, they were greeted with shock, so the victim had to be medically cared for. The gang ransacked the wagon and put him and other vehicles on fire.

Similar approach in La Sarraz: The attackers set the vehicles on fire, after they had plundered the van violently. Image: Jean-Christophe Bott, Keystone,

The attackers operated the majority of the night. Only 3 of the 13 Raids between 1994 and 2019, happened in broad daylight. The perpetrators took advantage of the favor of the hour. Less witnesses on the streets, sparse police patrols, and limited image quality of surveillance cameras – aspects, which played the night-time attackers in the cards.

apparently, the brutality with which the attackers operate. And it seems to have increased in recent years. The gangs go with a harder gun to, more recently, with pistols, Kalashnikovs and even bombs. Last year, Unknown attacked a money Transporter in Chavornay VD, by they had kidnapped in the run-up to the daughter of the driver. The robbers got away with between 20 and 30 million Swiss francs. Also, the frequency of Raids has increased; 11 alone in the last 9 years.

What is being done about it?

the squad Bengueche said in September in this newspaper: "in Switzerland, the authorities have to act. Otherwise, it comes to further attacks." He recommends – as it is in everyday life – a driving ban of money vans in the night.

there is Also discussion of a reinforced armor of the armored car. The weak of today's vehicles the rear, which is exploited by the attackers repeatedly targeted is. The Problem: vehicles with a weight of more than 3.5 tons are allowed for reasons of noise protection during the night not to run. The consequence is then, however, that after 22 o'clock inadequately protected money through Switzerland to transport. And at least five to ten shipments per day.

Here, the Vaud, the FDP would like to start with the national Council Olivier Feller. He has brought up the subject recently on the political parquet. A Motion from him, calls in the night, heavily armored trucks as a money Transporter is allowed. The Federal Council has, however, requested the rejection of the Request. National Council and Council of States will continue in the coming year apart.

What is the current tactics of the police?

The authorities "police tactical reasons," with respect to their security measures in the fight against such looting is largely covered. The Zurich cantonal police confirmed in September compared to this newspaper, however, that there was for some time an intensive exchange with other cantons and to be prepared for such events. An adjustment of the own apparatus, as well as a detailed analysis of the incidents in the Romandie are measures, which followed the Kapo Bern.

Created: 04.12.2019, 17:25 PM

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