Chase me, chase me

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Police follow this van - why? Are the crooks inside?
Police follow this van - why? Are the crooks inside?

Is it me, or does the ‘Police follow this van’ sign seen on the back of Group 4 cash trucks these days conjure up images of a Keystone Kops scenario in which the security wagon drives past, the boys in blue read the sign and immediately obey by running after it up the road, truncheons drawn at the ready?

I guess the sign means to infer that somewhere, there is a darkened room with a lot of screens and square-eyed monitoring staff watching blips (perhaps those big blobby ones favoured in Thunderbirds and early James Bond movies) dancing across a map. Chances are though that the following of the vans is a little less intense, although I’m happy to be educated otherwise.

Just to set any minds at ease I’m not planning a heist; just mildly annoyed in a Lynne Truss kind of way at the wording.

2 Responses

  1. Ex-G4

    It can be read two ways, but then you knew that didn’t you?

    For everyone else; it’s an instruction (in those police areas operating the scheme) to police drivers on patrol, and not otherwise tasked, to follow the CIT van bearing the sign. They stay behind it when it stops to load/unload, as long as it stays within their patrol area. This provides a high-visibility escort, from time, but on a very unpredictable basis. Not even the vehicle’s crew know if/when it will happen. So much for:

    ‘POLICE – Follow this van’

    It can also be read as a warning:

    ‘Police FOLLOW THIS VAN’

  2. Kim Hollamby

    Yes I guessed there was a ‘proper’ meaning but the random bit of my brain couldn’t fail to make the Keystone Cops connection. Thanks for the explanation; interesting actually that it has been agreed to do this in some places.

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