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Issue:- 12 January  2012

Cash in transit robberies fall across the region over December

LETíS be honest, the prospect of returning to work after Christmas, for most of us, is unlikely to fill you with anything other than dread. In fact, when you team wet and windy weather conditions with heightened workload, increased demand for performance and practically no job security; so it comes as no surprise that January is identified as the most stressful time of the year according to British Association of Anger Management (BAAM).

Recent statistics produced by the BAAM have found that the extra stresses of the season are having particuarly detrimental effects on the UKís female workforce.

The survey concluded that stress in women has increased dramatically with 80% of women feeling unsupported, over worked and insecure in their positions. Worringly, these increased stress levels have resulted in feelings of depression in 60% of cases and anger issues in 43%.

These peturbing statistics raise the question; is the workplace ill-equipped to deal with the needs of women and is this lack of empathy for the female workforce creating the increased stress which leads to depression and anger?

Mike Fisher, BAAMís Founder, highlights the dramatic increase of females suffering from anger and health problems that are linked to stress at work:- "Our client base is approximately 40% female and we see the effects every day of stress and depression. The health effects are serious."

Of the female respondents to the survey many reported feeling increased tension, negative changes in personality and hyper sensitivity to colleagues, partners and other family members. Almost half of all surveyed claimed that the stresses of work had caused them to feel depressed and to increase their alcohol intake significantly. Even more concerning is the number of respondents who admitted to having experienced chest pains as a result of their heightened stress levels.

With nowhere to turn stressed out workers are bottling up their feelings causing them to lash out the people who love them the most.

Julian Hall, Director of the Derby Clinic, says:- "What these stats show is that an individualís ability to deal with stress in the workplace is directly linked to their motivation, productivity and their health. What we know from our core client group is that since they are unable to express this at work they end up taking it home with them and acting it out on their families. An employer with foresight will place this at the core of their employee well-being strategy. With the UK at risk of facing a 'double-dip' recession and very little being done by employers to deal with the health of their staff, things are looking particularly bleak for our nationís workforce and in particular, our women."

So would you agree? Are you suffering from stress at work? Let us know your views on this topic by emailing our newsroom via:- news24@southportreporter.com.

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THE number of cash in transit robberies in the North West fell by more than 66% this Christmas compared to the previous year.

The 6 North West police forces and the security industry launched a joint operation at the end of November 2011, to crack down on armed robberies and target criminals intent on carrying out these offences throughout the festive season.

The action was co-ordinated by the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (Titan), the regional collaboration to tackle serious and organised crime groups involved in drug trafficking, firearms, armed robberies, aggravated burglaries and other serious crimes.

In December 2011, there were three cash-in-transit robberies across the region compared to nine in December 2010. Of those in 2011, two were in GMP and one was in Merseyside. In 2010, there were five offences in GMP, two offences in Merseyside and two offences in Cheshire.

The campaign, which ran until 31 December 2011, saw officers using both high-visibility and covert patrols on the ground and in the air to escort security vehicles as they carried out their normal deliveries.

A number of other tactics were used to prevent these robberies, including armed police vehicles escorting high-risk security vehicles as they carried out cash deliveries; overt and covert CCTV monitoring; patrol cars following cash-handling vehicles; plus all cash containers included either Smartwater or a dye, which is released if they are opened.

Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Richardson, head of the NWROCU (Titan), said:- "This latest campaign targeting cash-in-transit robberies continues the significant reduction in these crimes seen across the North West in recent years. Robberies targeting cash-in-transit vehicles, banks, post offices and commercial businesses can have a life-changing impact on those at the receiving end of the attacks, which can often be very violent. We are committed to reducing cash-in-transit offences and will continue to work hard with our partners and other forces to prevent criminals making the lives of people in the security and commercial industries a misery. We will use all the powers available to us to find those responsible for these crimes and put them before the courts. A critical element of our success was the information that we received from members of the public telling us about suspicious activity and I would like to thank all those people who took the time to contact us during this campaign, your help is invaluable."

Following the campaign, all of the North West police forces, in partnership with the security industries, will continue to share intelligence and provide assistance for cross-border deliveries in the coming months.

Police are reminding the public to be vigilant and help stop these types of crimes by reporting any suspicious activity to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111. In an emergency always call:- 999.

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