Cash­point crime reach­ing epi­demic lev­els, says re­port

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THE UK is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an “epi­demic” of crim­i­nal at­tacks on cash ma­chines, a re­port warns.

The dam­age from at­tacks on cash ma­chines over the last year may have ex­ceeded £150 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to cal­cu­la­tions from ATM op­er­a­tor Cardtron­ics.

Ru­ral ar­eas are in­creas­ingly at risk, its re­port found, leav­ing peo­ple liv­ing in re­mote ar­eas strug­gling to ac­cess cash from else­where while ma­chines are re­paired or re­placed.

While less than a third of ATM at­tacks were car­ried out in ru­ral ar­eas in 2013, this num­ber has risen to more than two-fifths (42 per cent) in 2018.

More than 40 per cent of at­tacks in the first half of 2018 were in ar­eas where there was just one bank branch open.

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