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Last edited 19 May 2021
Also referred to as a ram attack, ram raiding is a fast and destructive form of burglary that is planned in advance. This type of security breach uses a motor vehicle (such as a motorcycle, car, van or truck) to break through the locked gates, doors or windows of a retail establishment, warehouse or some other building containing expensive goods and equipment for the purpose of committing a burglary. Ram raids may also be directed at cash points.
The term ram raid was introduced in the 1970s and became commonly used after several attacks were featured in the news. The occurrence of ram raids increased in the 1990s.
 Ram raid deterrents
There are several tactics that can be used to protect against ram raids.
- Bollards. Bollards can be used to prevent ram raiding and other forms of vehicle ramming attacks (such as those associated with acts of terrorism).
- Electronic barriers. These devices can also be activated in order to deter ram raid activities.
- Security guards. Physical security guards may serve as enough of a deterrent to keep burglars from planning an intrusion.
- CCTV. CCTV won’t stop a ram raid, but it may discourage burglars from organising such an attack, since they could provide evidence that might help police identify the perpetrators.
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