‘Num­ber of ATM raids has spi­ralled’

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - 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, its re­port found, leav­ing peo­ple in re­mote ar­eas strug­gling to ac­cess cash else­where while ma­chines are re­paired or re­placed.

While less than a third (31%) of ATM at­tacks were in ru­ral ar­eas in 2013, this num­ber has risen to more than twofifths (42%) in 2018.

Over 40% of at­tacks in the first half of 2018 were in ar­eas where there was a max­i­mum of one bank branch open for cus­tomers, the re­port said.

Cardtron­ics said the fre­quency of ATM at­tacks gen­er­ally has surged from 400 in 2014 to 722 in 2017.

The re­port also pre­dicts that the num­ber of at­tacks could more than triple be­tween 2016 and 2025.

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