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Crime Prevention Division


Crime Prevention Tips - ATM Safety

ATM Safety

  • Try to avoid using an ATM by yourself. Either take someone with you  or only use an ATM when others are around.
  • If possible, avoid using an ATM after dark. If you must, choose one  that is well lit and does not have tall bushes nearby.
  • When you arrive at an ATM, look around. If you see anything that  makes you uncomfortable or anyone who looks suspicious, do not stop. Either use an ATM at  a different location or come back later. Notify police.
  • Have your access card and any other documents you need ready when you  approach an ATM. While you are fumbling with a wallet or purse, you are easy prey for a  thief.
  • If someone else is using the ATM, stay alert to your surroundings.  Look up and around every few seconds while transacting your business.
  • Protect your Personal Identification Number (PIN). Do not enter your  PIN if anyone else can see the screen or keypad. Use your body to shield your PIN from  onlookers. Don't give your PIN out to others. This is the leading cause of theft.
  • When your transaction is finished, be sure you have your card and  your receipt, then leave immediately. Avoid counting or otherwise displaying large amounts  of cash.
  • As you leave, be aware of anything suspicious. If you think you are  being followed, go to an area with a lot of people and call the police.