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Ram-raiding is a variation on burglary in which a van, SUV, car, or other heavy vehicle is driven through the windows or doors of a closed shop, usually a department store or jewellers shop, to allow the perpetrators to loot it.

This act has occurred since at least the mid 1930s. The term came into widespread use after a series of such raids in Belfast in 1979 that was covered in news reports and in countries such as Australia that inspired a series of similar crimes.

Notably, large trucks are used to break into technology companies and steal high-value equipment for resale on the black market.

Bollard in front of a shop to deter ram raiders.

Commercial properties in areas prone to ram-raids often erect strong barriers or obstructions, such as bollards, to discourage such attacks. ATM centres are also victims of ram-raiding.

Many companies have come up with solutions to the ram-raiding craze that has taken off in recent years. Everything from electronic bollards to electronic barriers have been employed to keep property from the raiders.

The other solution, of course, is security guards, but teams of "round the clock" security are expensive and often not the most economical way of dealing with ram-raiding.

In culture

The practice was portrayed in the 1994 movie Shopping.

The opening scene in the 2002 film Barbershop depicts a ram-raid on a convenience store.

The Australian drama Dangerous features ram-raiding as a central theme.

A 1989 episode of Unsolved Mysteries looked into the crime where one store placed a movie camera on a tripod. Footage soon followed of a car smashing the front window and the criminals exiting the car and running to smash the camera; the footage is then cut off.

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