Robberies have been a problem at ATMs for some time. Here
are some safety tips which may make using the ATMs safer
If you drive to the ATM it is best to lock your car but keep your keys handy so you can enter
your car quickly after completing your transaction.
Be alert for anything suspicious, especially two or more
people in a nearby vehicle, particularly if no one else is
at the ATM, or someone who just appears to be "hanging" around
If you sense something wrong, leave the area immediately
and use another ATM.
When waiting in line wait well behind the person or persons
using the ATM.
When you are using the ATM and someone is closer than you
would like ask them to step back a few steps. If they do not
step back it may be best to cancel you transaction and wait
in your locked vehicle until that person leaves or you could
go to another ATM.
Have everything ready before you approach the ATM; have
your card ready, know your code, fill out your deposit envelop
before approaching the ATM.
Do NOT write your code on your ATM card. Keep your code
secret. If needed, check the code before approaching the ATM.
Stand directly in front of the ATM, blocking the view of
others. You don't want others to see your code or to see what
type of transaction you make, or how much money you withdraw.
If you must use an ATM after dark, have a friend go with
you if possible. Many ATM robberies occur between midnight
and 6 a.m.
At a drive-up ATM keep all windows closed, except the one
you are using, and all doors locked. Keep the car running,
and keep your eyes moving, watching the front, sides, and
rear area; if someone approaches your vehicle on foot cancel
the transaction and leave.
When your transaction is completed immediately take your
property--card, receipt, money, etc. and put them in your
pocket or purse and leave immediately. You can count your
When you leave the ATM and you feel someone is following
you walk or drive into the closest open business and call
Report all ATM crimes to the local police and the financial