Wotcha, [[UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish me old china]]. How's your Ruby? Bit 'ot innit? Well, each to 'is own self. Me, I luv 'em.

Lemme tell ya 'baht a little caper that the criminal fraternity used to play in back in the day. You know, when [[TheSixties people smoked that 'ganja]] or [[TheSeventies 'ad girls' 'air]].

The blag. Now, [[HaveAGayOldTime this ain't what it means today]]. This weren't no [[TheCon getting access with a high-class set of bluffs]]. And it ain't some [[Webcomic/{{xkcd}} fancy name for your blog]]. A blag was an armed robbery done ''right'', done old-school. Sometimes we done over the bank itself but more likely was tooling up a few villains to do over the security van moving the pay packets between em. One variant was them little sub-Post Offices that usually 'ad one pensioner serving and no thick glass, no thing. Piece of piss, that.

See, before you had your fancy-schmancy credit cards and online banking, you had all your money in readies. Proper cash.

So to get this money from the banks out to the works, they drove it about in security vans. Amateur transit-jobs squired about by flabby ex-Old Bill done for being on the take along with herberts thinking they was Bruce Lee. They'd 'ave a shatter-proof windscreen and a lockbox but none of your exploding coloured-dyes and time locks.

If you knew where the van was going to be and when (there were ways of getting that- like discovering someone at the company liked his [[PornStash girlie mags]] [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse and making the consequences clear if he didn't help you]]), you could turn it over. This is what was called a "cash-in-transit robbery".

What you did then was get your [[SawedOffShotgun sawn-off]] and some pickaxe 'andles, then attack it, RobinHood/Lawrence of Arabia style, [[InTheHood making sure your faces were covered]]. You [[TapOnTheHead coshed the guards]] ([[EvenEvilHasStandards you didn't shoot anyone, no siree. Not back then]]) and slung yer hook with the take before [[UsefulNotes/BritishCoppers the Sweeney showed up]]. They were armed and [[OldFashionedCopper not very nice]].

Of course, then you had to make sure no-one turned you in before you ended up in the Costa del Sol, sipping champers with your lovely lady. 'specially, you had to watch out for the [[LondonGangster big crooks]].

Kind of dead now, [[ForensicDrama cos of all the DNA and what not]]. Those were the days.

'''Translation into plain English:'''

A type of typically British [[TheCaper Crime Caper]] revolving around the robbery of an armoured car carrying a company's payroll. For obvious reasons, it will be set in more primitive times when workers received a pay ''envelope'' (full of cash) rather than a pay ''cheque'', necessitating the delivery of said cash by said armoured car. The cast is likely to be full of {{Violent Glaswegian}}s and other British Undesirables, notably {{London Gangster}}s. When this trope gets used in works set in more recent times, it's often re-dressed, with the armored car becoming a prison transport van, and the money, a prisoner who must either be freed by his accomplices or killed before he can testify against them. That, or it's a jewelry shipment.

Compare TrainJob and TheCaper. Compare and contrast VulnerableConvoy, where the target is a live prisoner rather than cash.
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* Happens in the second episode of ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!''. Given that it's pulled off by [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Isaac and Miria]], though, you can bet that the [[RefugeInAudacity execution is more than a little WTF-inducing]]. (Note: They said they were going to do a [[TrainJob Train Robbery.]] [[FunnyMoments Which they understood as riding a train to the robbery location, doing the robbery and then get back on the train for their getaway.]])
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* Knocking over armoured cars transporting cash was a staple of crooks in Franchise/{{Batman}} comics until at least the 1980s.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''TheItalianJob'' (and [[TheItalianJob2003 the 2003 remake]])
* ''The Killers'' (1964, Don Siegel)
* ''Film/DiamondsOnWheels''
* ''{{Heat}}'' opens with this kind of job. The robbers wear hockey masks to hide their faces.
* In ''LayerCake'', this is referenced as being the crime of choice for [[LondonGangster London gangsters]] before they discovered drug dealing. At the end of the film, the two [[OopNorth Scouse gangsters]] relish the opportunity to rip off the MagnificentBastard via armed robbery, and they comment to the effect that it reminds them of old times.
* ''Film/{{Circus of Fear}}'' (the 1966 film starring Creator/ChristopherLee, not [[CircusOfFear the trope of the same name]]) opens with an armed blag on the Tower Bridge.
* The half of ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 [=MST3K=]]]'' veteran ''TheRebelSet'' that wasn't beatnik-sploitation revolved around [[HeyItsThatGuy the Chief from]] ''Film/GetSmart'' planning an armored car robbery in Chicago -- with the twist that the robbers would do the job while travelling from New York to LA by train, during a layover; they'd be gone on the train, with the cash, before the police would know what happened.
* "Professor Marcus" and his associates pull this off pretty neatly in ''Film/TheLadykillers'' (1955). Unfortunately for them, the little old {{Cloudcuckoolander}} lady they're using as a cover catches them ''in flagrante delicto''.
* ''Film/TheLavenderHillMob'' robbed an armored car of gold bullion.
* ''Film/TheDayTheyRobbedTheBankOfEngland'', more of the same
* The crew in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' pulled off the post office version, hitting a trade station and making off with, ironically enough, the pay for the security guards who were supposed to stop them. Mal mentions that the crime won't be investigated too heavily since it's out in the boondocks and the company will hush it up -- if they let it get out that they couldn't protect their own wages, they sure as hell won't get any customers lining up for security contracts.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Literature/{{Biggles}} was involved in foiling several of these in his post-war career with the London Metropolitan Police's aviation wing, only [[RecycledInSpace Recycled WITH AEROPLANES!]].
* "Payroll jobs" the American equivalent are mention Donald Westlake's crime novels in his Literature/{{Parker}} and Dortmunder books (two different series), but later books mention how corporate practices change making these jobs rarer and rarer.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* A mainstay of ''Series/TheProfessionals'' episodes.
* Practically every other episode of ''Series/TheSweeney''. Which is kind of TruthInTelevision, as the Flying Squad were actually the Metropolitan Police's specialist armed robbery taskforce.
* Being an homage to the above two series, ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}''.
* Early seasons of ''Series/TheBill''.
* One episode of ''TheLastDetective'' deals with a retired LondonGangster and centers around a past robbery similar to the actual Great Train Robbery.
* The Season Two arc of ''AshesToAshes'' climaxes with [[spoiler:a plot by a group of corrupt cops to step into an Armed Blag they've been tipped off to and take the money themselves.]]
** Quite possibly inspired by a couple of RealLife incidents in the 70s and 80s, a period when the London Metropolitan Police in general and the Flying Squad in particularly might just as well have been another gang.
* In one episode of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', the VictimOfTheWeek is part of an armoured truck's guard crew, and the heroes suspect someone will try an ArmedBlag on the truck while it transports platinum. [[spoiler:Someone does, but their "victim" is the ringleader and the InsideMan]].
* Another American example: The ''Series/KraftSuspenseTheatre'' episode "The Jack Is High".
* In the fourth episode of the second series of ''{{Misfits}}'', the gang robs an armoured car so that they can ransom Kelly. Simon's invisibility simplifies the process considerably.
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* In ''VideoGame/TheGodfather'' game, you can ambush enemy mobsters' racket trucks in order to pry cash from the guards' cold dead hands. You can also interrogate the driver for the location of a racket. You then have to return the cash to your safehouse before it becomes usable currency. The main threat to you is not the cops but a TeleportingKeycardSquad or two of enemy mobsters, though.
* An early mission in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' has you stealing an armored van for TheMafia.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'':
** Armored cars randomly spawn throughout Los Santos. If you happen to have some explosive charges and a getaway vehicle handy, you can blow the doors off of them and make off with their contents.
** The mission "Blitz Play" is one big {{Homage}} to the opening scenes of ''{{Film/Heat}}''. You even get extra points if you have the protagonists wear hockey masks.
** One version of the final heist involves hijacking two armored cars and using them for a BavarianFireDrill.
* ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'' has a rather more violent spin on this trope, with the players dropping cargo containers in front of convoys, bombing out skybridges to block roads off or ramming semi trailers into the lead trucks prior to breaking into them proper. Police responses are usually fast and it's not uncommon for the crew to have to fight their way out even if they subdued the drivers peacefully.
* In ''Videogame/AssassinsCreedIII'' occassionally convoys filled with money and special items spawn in different parts of the frontier and Connor is able to steal from them after killing every guard. Itīs also implied the player is on the receiving end of this as sending a land/naval convoys with products to a city or the frontier will usually present a percentage of failure.
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* The most famous British RealLife example is the 1963 Great Train Robbery, which was actually woefully badly done and resulted in the arrests of nearly all involved; the robbery itself went off fairly well...until the culprits decided to play a game of Monopoly with the real money, getting their fingerprints everywhere.
* Experienced a very brief renaissance during the early stages of the current recession, the most successful example being a subversion; rather than ambush an armoured van in transit, a party of robbers cut out the middleman and forced their way into the security firm's depot, driving off with several million pounds.
* While the van wasn't carrying cash ''per se'', and it certainly wasn't armoured, a [[http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2015-05-27-splatoon-stock-swiped-in-nintendo-lorry-heist group of criminals managed to rob a truck carrying copies of the]] [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition Limited Edition]] of VideoGame/{{Splatoon}} in the UK
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