‘Number of ATM raids has spiralled’
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.