Cashpoint machines have been incorporated into our way of life. Using a cash point machine safely requires awareness and a little planning.Most cash point robberies occur at night between 8:00 PM and midnight. Cash point criminals usually position themselves nearby waiting for a victim to approach and withdraw cash.
Cashpoint security tips that can make the process a little safer:
- Use only cash point machines in well-light, high-traffic areas.
- Don’t use cash point machines that are remote or hidden, such as being located behind buildings, behind pillars, walls, or away from public view. Beware of obvious hiding places like shrubbery or overgrown trees.
- Choose a cash point that looks and ‘feels’ safer, even if it is a little out of the way.
- Criminals are known to place out of order signs on some cash point facilities to filter users to use a nearby cash point that has been fitted with a device. Always check for suspicious items near the cash point.
- Always cover the keypad as you input your pin number in shops! Don’t feel that you are embarrassing the shop assistant!
- Try and limit your use to daylight hours.
- Take someone with you after hours, if you can.
- When you drive up to a cash point machine, scan the area for any suspicious persons. If you see anyone suspicious standing nearby or sitting in a car, drive away.
- When you approach a cash point on foot be prepared and have your card ready. Memorise your PIN to prevent loss and speed the transaction.
- If anyone suspicious or seemingly dangerous approaches, terminate your transaction and leave immediately.
- If you should be compromised, tell the person in a loud, firm voice to “back-off” and leave you alone. This is designed to startle the person and give you time to flee, if appropriate.
- When you receive cash from the machine put it away immediately, extract your card and walk away.
- If an armed criminal confronts you, give up your money without argument. The cash is not worth serious injury or death. Get to a safe place and call the police immediately.