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Playstation 5 consoles are among the high-value luxury goods that have been targeted by criminal gangs in lorry raids in the run-up to Christmas.


The Times reports that nearly 30 ‘rollerover raids’ have been reported to the police this year, and haulage firms and drivers have been warned to increase their security.

The raids involve gangs using three or more cars to box in a moving lorry at speeds of up to 50 mph. A daredevil thief, in a move more often seen in Fast & Furious movies, climbs out of the sunroof and on to the bonnet of the rear vehicle, before forcing open the rear doors of the captured lorry and throwing out the goods to accomplices.

According to The Times, one career criminal said that gangs were targeting goods in transit due to the better security provisions elsewhere in the supply chain. Many of the raids have targeted PS5 consoles, televisions, and high-end mobile phones.

In November, a truck carrying £5 million worth of Apple products was forced off the M1, and in October, over 200 televisions worth £136,000 were reportedly stolen from a distribution centre.

Chrys Rampley, a former security manager at the Road Haulage Association, told the Times that the recent increase in online shopping had put “more vulnerable” drivers in vans at risk. They were often hired as casual workers and had no security training, she said.

Lorries are being targeted for their high-value goods, she claimed, and gangs have been getting inside information. “Somebody must know when and where that vehicle is and it can’t be just random that you are going to attack that. Somebody has done some tipping off.”

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