Often we talk about Home protection and Home security solutions but what happens when its businesses and banks that are hit by highly organised gangs of criminal, here’s a rundown of the 5 biggest heists in history.
5. The Great Train Robbery.
This is one of the most famous heists ever pulled off in 1963 15 men stopped a mail train in Buckinghamshire, England using fake train signals to stop the train. The gang subdued the workers and loaded the mail bags filled with 2.6 million cash into waiting cars then all 15 escaped only for 13 to be captured soon afterwards.
4.The Knightsbridge Security Deposit Hold-Up.
In 1987, Valerio Viccei and his crew carried out a daring and brazen heist on London’s Knightsbridge security deposit. Under the guise of renting their own security box the gang gained access then held the employees at gunpoint and left with a haul of an estimated 60 million worth of cash and valuables.The gang escaped but left a small amount of blood behind which was used to pin the blame on Viccei who was also wanted for robbery in his native Italy, after fleeing the country he was later arrested when he attempted to return to England to collect his Ferrari.
3. The Banco Central Caper
This elaborate and back breaking plan was carried out in 2005 in Fortaleza, Brazil when a small gang of thieves tunneled through over 250ft of land to break into a bank vault elaborately disguising their true intentions by masquerading as landscapers and constructing a structure complete with lighting and air. It is believed the gang escaped with 165 million Brazilian of which 9 million has been recovered and only a few arrests made.
2. The Greatest Baghdad Bank Robbery
This Huge heist carried out in 2007 barely made the news, but that wasn’t due to insignificance as the haul was 282 million USD from the Dar Es Salaam Bank in Baghdad.It is rumored to have been carried out by the 3 guards on duty making walking out with the money the easy part, leaving Baghdad with that much cash would have been difficult without the help of the Militia and despite the guards being known no one has even been caught.
1. The Antwerp Diamond Job
This Heist has all the hallmarks of a Hollywood movie…. a $100 million highly organised perpetrators defying 10 layers of security and faked security footage. The School of Turin as the gang called themselves had planned the heist for years and obtained copied keys , rigged the surveillance and almost got away with it. DNA evidence left behind led to most of the gang being captured in Italy although the Diamonds are still lost!
All of these heists had a huge value but even smaller burglaries within your home can feel every bit as devastating.