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ADT Security Offers Safety Tips: Using an ATM

9 March, 2009

Providing a convenient service to consumers, ATMs allow for the withdrawal of funds anytime, day or night. The unsupervised, public nature of ATMs has the tendency to attract robbers looking for an easy target. The average loss from an ATM robbery is between $100 and $200, according to figures provided by the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition, approximately 15% of robbery victims are injured in the process.

According to the Vice President of ADT Security Services, Hank Monaco, it is possible to reduce the chances of becoming the victim of an ATM robbery.

"Anytime cash is readily available, you will find criminals looking to take advantage, ATMs are no exception," Monaco stated. "But by being aware and using common sense you should be able to conduct your business safely."

According to a recent study, most Americans between the ages of 25 and 49 use an ATM approximately eight times each month. In light of this study, ADT has compiled several safety tips to be observed by all ATM customers.

  • Be aware of your environment. Ensure that the area surrounding the ATM is well-lit and visible.
  • If you see suspicious individuals near the ATM, find another location or return later.
  • Use ATMs during the day when possible, as most robberies occur at night. The riskiest time to withdraw money from an ATM is between midnight and 4 a.m.
  • Avoid using an ATM alone. Try to bring a friend, or use the ATM when others are near, as most incidents occur when an individual is alone.
  • Make the transaction as quickly as possible, limiting the chance of an altercation.
  • Do not withdraw large quantities of money. Place all cash in your wallet immediately upon withdrawal.

"Security experts emphasize that you should never fight with the robber," Monaco said. "Note the robber's description as you give him the money. Then get away as soon as it is safe and call the police."

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