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ATM Safety

There are a number of things you can do to increase your personal security and reduce your risk of becoming an ATM crime victim.

  • Select an ATM that is in a well-lit, well-traveled location.
  • When possible, select an ATM that is monitored or patrolled by a security officer. 
  • Always watch for suspicious persons or activity around. Be aware of anyone sitting in a parked car in close proximity to, or at a distance from, the ATM location.
  • If you notice anything strange, leave and return some other time. Even if you have already started a transaction, cancel it and leave.
  • Prepare all transaction paperwork prior to your arrival at the ATM site. This will minimize the amount of time spent at the ATM.
  • Maintain an awareness of your surroundings throughout the entire transaction. 
  • Do not wear expensive jewelry or take other valuables to the ATM. This is an added incentive to an assailant.
  • If you withdrawl cash, put it away immediately. Don't stand at the ATM and count it.
  • Never accept offers of assistance with the ATM from strangers; ask the bank for help
  • Never lend your ATM card to anyone; treat it as if it is cash or a credit card.
  • If you use a drive-up ATM, make sure your vehicle doors are locked and windows are up.
  • During evening hours consider taking a companion along, park close to the ATM in a well-lighted area, and lock your car. If the lights around the ATM are not working properly, do not use it.
  • When leaving an ATM location make sure you are not being followed. If you are being followed, drive immediately to a police, sheriff or fire station, crowded area, well-lit location, or open business. Flash your lights and sound your horn to bring attention to your situation.
  • If you are involved in a confrontation and the attacker is armed with a weapon and demands your money or valuables, give it to them. Do not resist, property may be recovered later or replaced.
  • Walk purposefully and with confidence.  Give the appearance that you are totally aware of your surroundings.
  • Be aware of your environment and what is going on around you.  Criminals tend to avoid people who have this type of demeanor.
  • Follow your instincts.  If you feel you are in danger, respond to the situation immediately. Remember that your personal safety is the top priority.