Surge in gas and ram-raid ATM at­tacks

Fiji Sun - - World News - Lon­don: BBC

Thieves are in­creas­ingly try­ing to smash or blast their way into UK cash ma­chines - with the num­ber of at­tacks on ATMs nearly dou­bling in four years. At­tempts to steal cash have risen from 400 at­tacks in 2014 to 723 last year, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by ATM oper­a­tor Cardtron­ics. It said one in five in­ci­dents in Europe oc­curred in the UK. Thieves are gen­er­ally un­suc­cess­ful, with 41 per cent of cases re­sult­ing in cash be­ing stolen.

“For the first time, we have proof that the wider dam­age caused by these at­tacks is far greater than the di­rect im­pact to cash ma­chines or the build­ing they are in. ATM at­tacks are not vic­tim­less crimes,” said Tim Hal­ford, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Cardtron­ics UK and Ire­land.

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