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.