In light of a spate of robberies affecting its delivery of money to a number of clients’ automated banking machines (AMBs), Beryllium Limited is appealing to the general public to desist from mimicking the attacks and recording its personnel while they go about their duties.
The embattled security company, in a statement, is noting with concern how some members of the public have seemingly trivialised the issue.
Since March, Beryllium guards have been hit by armed assailants in three attacks in St Catherine, St Thomas and more recently St Elizabeth.
There are those who wonder if the Kenny Benjamin-led company is being targeted and what can be put in place to better protect its fleet and security guards as well as ensure they go about their work without coming under further high-calibre gun attacks.
Just Thursday (May 12), dancehall artiste Jahvillani released his Brinx Truck single, in which he stars as getaway driver in a re-enacted robbery of a ‘Berrylium’ vehicle alongside a heavily armed entourage.
The statement reads:
“Beryllium Limited, a leading provider of currency management services, urges the public to exercise responsible behaviour and refrain from engaging in any activities that trivialise or mimic the dangerous nature of cash-in-transit (CIT) operations. Initiating pranks that simulate these high-risk situations can create panic, confusion, and potentially lead to unnecessary harm or tragic consequences.
Additionally, we are deeply concerned about the increasing trend of photographing or taking videos of cash-in-transit (CIT) operations for social media dissemination by the public. We would like to emphasise the importance of respecting the high-risk nature of this business and highlight the potential risks and dangers associated with such actions.
Our priority is to protect both our employees and the public from such dangerous situations. We encourage everyone to be respectful and considerate of the high-risk nature of CIT operations. Instead of capturing photographs or videos, we kindly request that you offer your support and understanding from a safe distance.
We are grateful to all our team members for their unwavering courage, hard work and dedication. Beryllium remains committed to upholding the highest standards of safety and security in the industry.”