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Aviation security was again lax at Heathrow
Airport after two major robberies in supposedly secure parts of
Heathrow. CCTV cameras in
parts of the airport were worse than some high streets. Mr
Venness, head of Specialist Operations at Scotland Yard said it
was wrong to distinguish between non-terrorist crime and terrorism,
because a weakness in one security area showed a weakness in another. On
11 February thieves made off with $6m ฃ4.6m in foreign cash at
Terminal Four after raiding a British Airways security van in a secure
zone "airside".Millions of dollars in cash was taken in
a security van raid at the airport on Tuesday, which followed the
February robbery. It is thought both
heists were inside jobs with the raiders using legitimate
security passes. In the latest raid $3.2m (ฃ2.25m)
was being transferred to a van after arriving on a South African
Airlines flight from Johannesburg. Two men forced the driver to drive at
knifepoint to nearby Cranford where the money was transferred to another
The first heist of millions in
cash was a well planned operation. While security experts at Heathrow are
reeling from yet another massive robbery at Europe's busiest airport,
they are still investigating how the first such incident this year took
At least two men were involved in the
heist. They held up a van in a supposedly secure area near Terminal Four
and then escaped in another vehicle which bore the livery of British
Airways. The money had arrived at Heathrow from Bahrain and was
ultimately bound for New York's JFK Airport. What
made the robbery stand out was that it took place in an
"airside" area - the super-secure zone of an
airport which separates the aircraft from the public areas.
The 35-year-old driver of the security
van was forced from his vehicle by the robbers who threw him to the
ground and bound his wrists. They then transferred 8 red cargo cash
boxes containing the currency into another similar British Airways van
before driving undetected from the airport. The robbery only took a few
minutes and the gang apparently left the airport undetected. The van was
later found abandoned and burnt out in Feltham, Middlesex, two miles
away. Police said there was no trace of the
money or the robbers. No firearms were seen in use during the robbery.
The largest raid at the airport was the
ฃ26m Brinks Mat heist which remains Britain's biggest ever
robbery.The gang who seized the haul of gold bullion from the high
security warehouse in 1983 were brought to justice but much of the gold
has never been recovered. That was an inside job yet nothing has been
learn't nearly 20 years later?
WAS MISSING :
1/. Why were their
no tracking devices in the Armoured Vans?
2/. Why was
their no open full communication between Van & HQ during dropoff/upload
3/. Why was the security so lax with no camera at
the crucial point of loading?
4/. Why was there no auto
cutoff of the van ignition or shutdown system whereby if the van is
moving the ignition would cease after 2 minutes? Therefore no incapacity
5/. Why were the money boxes/ bags coins etc not
marked or bugged?
6/. Why has this & other companies
kept to familiar routines that was easy to crack?
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