Armored car service is one of the products and services that various companies and organizations from within the security industry provide. There are approximately 685 armored car services in the United States alone and many of them are independently operated and belong to the Independent Armored Car Operators Association.
In the 1970s, it was thought that the use of credit cards will have a negative effect on the armored protection industry. But by the early 90s, it turned out to be the opposite as the industry grew seven times since the mid-1950s; by 1997, the investigative, armored guard, and armored services was a $14.5 billion industry. Ironically, it was the credit card companies themselves that became the major users of armored car services and contributed to the growth of the industry, with the use of ATM machines and the transportation of food stamps being the next two.
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