Cash machine attack epidemic
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, leaving people struggling to access cash from elsewhere while machines are being repaired or replaced.
The report also predicts that attacks could more than triple between 2016 and 2025.
Cardtronics said criminals are increasingly using dangerous methods, such as explosions or ram-raids.
The Victimless Crime? report said it can take more than four months for the ATM to reopen – impacting on the local economy and depriving nearby residents of their access to cash.