Cash ma­chine at­tack epi­demic

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

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