Thieves are more and more making an attempt to smash or blast their approach into UK money machines – with the variety of assaults on ATMs practically doubling in 4 years.
Makes an attempt to steal money have risen from 400 assaults in 2014 to 723 final 12 months, based on a report by ATM operator Cardtronics.
It mentioned one in 5 incidents in Europe occurred within the UK.
Thieves are usually unsuccessful, with 41% of circumstances leading to money being stolen.
“For the primary time, we have now proof that the broader injury attributable to these assaults is much larger than the direct impression to money machines or the constructing they’re in. ATM assaults are usually not victimless crimes,” mentioned Tim Halford, managing director of Cardtronics UK and Eire.
The report instructed that just about half of all assaults could possibly be thought-about as harmful, in that heavy pressure was used. This might embody ram-raids and gasoline explosions to blast out the ATM.
These “harmful” tried thefts have risen from an estimated 129 in 2014 to 342 in 2017.
Final 12 months, a seven-man gang that blew up money machines throughout the UK, stealing a whole lot of hundreds of kilos, have been handed jail sentences starting from 10 years to life imprisonment.
Would-be thieves in Liverpool blew up a money machine however have been unable to take any cash from it on Monday.
Different dramatic circumstances included raiders utilizing gasoline to explode a money machine exterior a Matalan retailer in Darlington final 12 months.
The report mentioned business information confirmed that in 2018 virtually 70% of gasoline assaults on ATMs befell on petrol station forecourts, including an additional degree of probably harmful penalties.
The report mentioned that rural communities, the place there are are already points over entry to money, have been being focused. One in 4 assaults occurred in communities which had just one or no financial institution department within the neighborhood, it mentioned.
It may take greater than 4 months for the ATM to reopen.
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Cardtronics is the biggest operator of non-bank money machines within the UK, and receives a payment from banks every time one is used. It run manufacturers resembling Cardzone and Financial institution Machine which function on forecourts,
It is among the numerous operators closing ATMs. Community co-ordinator Hyperlink has mentioned greater than 250 free-to-use money machines are disappearing a month as operators shut unprofitable ones. There are greater than 50,000 free machines within the UK – however the quantity is shrinking at a document price as folks use much less money.