To combat cash machine crime LINK, the UK’s cash machine network, is working in partnership with independent charity Crimestoppers to offer rewards for information relating to cash machine crime.
Working closely with different police agencies and departments, including the Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit (DCPCU), a banking industry-sponsored special police unit, the partnership aims to support the police in their fight against crime and help inform the public about how they can protect themselves.
LINK is offering rewards of up to £25,000 for information related to cash machine crime and is urging people to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 with any information relating to an attack.
Information can be given completely anonymously and there is no need for anyone to leave any personal information.
Graham Mott, senior LINK spokesman said: “We’re urging the public to come forward with any information that they may have about cash machine crime, for example card skimming or physical attacks on cash machines themselves.
“Even something that may sound insignificant could be part of a bigger picture and prove invaluable in convicting someone involved in cash machine crime.”
LINK has also made available video footage seized from criminals who had installed a hidden miniature camera at an ATM to film people entering their PIN.
It highlights the importance of shielding the keypad when you enter your PIN. It can be viewed at www.link.co.uk or on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVq06dLW4kc.
Cash machines are generally very safe to use however LINK has put together a guide on what to look out for when using any cash machine:
Scan the whole ATM area before you approach it. Avoid using the ATM if
Check to see if anything looks unusual or suspicious about the ATM
Stand close to the ATM and shield the keypad with your hand when keying
If your card gets jammed or retained by the machine report this immediately to your bank or building society, ideally using your mobile phone while you are still in front of the machine.
Check that others in the queue keep a good distance from you.
Keep your PIN secret. Never reveal your PIN to anyone, not to someone claiming to be from your bank, the police and especially not to a “helpful” stranger.
Be especially cautious if strangers try to distract you or offer to help at an ATM, even if your card is stuck or you are experiencing difficulty with the transaction.
Regularly check your account balance and keep your receipt to check against your statement.