Facts about ATM Robberies
Approximately 50% of ATM robberies occur between 7 p.m. and midnight.
The majority of ATM robberies involve a single customer.
Robbers position themselves near an ATM, at a distance of approximately 50 ft.
Most robberies are committed by a lone robber who will use some type of weapon.
Robberies occur more often at walk-up ATMs than at drive-thru ATMs.
ATM User Safety Tips
- Be aware of your surroundings. If you notice anything suspicious, such as someone loitering nearby or a security light out, consider coming back later.
- Only use ATMs in a well-lighted, open, high-traffic area.
- If using an ATM at night, take someone with you.
- If using an ATM in a vestibule area, be sure the door is securely closed and do not open for others.
- If you withdraw cash, put it away promptly; don’t count your money in public.
- Put your ATM card and receipt away promptly. Never leave your receipt at the ATM.
- Keep your PIN secret. Don’t write it on your card.
- Shield the keypad when entering your PIN to keep it from being observed.
- Beware of offers for help from strangers during an ATM transaction.
- Don’t argue or attempt to fight with a robber; give up your cash.
- If robbed, when safe to do so, immediately call the police.