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.
Another solution is security guards, but teams of "round the clock" security are expensive and often not the most economical way of dealing with ram-raiding.
See also 
- 'Raminator' foils ATM ram raids. The Daily Telegraph. 21 Aug. 2008.
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