14 Safety Tips for Using The ATM At Night

Using an ATM puts you in a vulnerable position for anyone looking to take advantage of a target.

People looking to steal your cash look for weaknesses and openings to take advantage of.

Did you know?

Most banking with ATMs is done at night between the hours of 6:30 pm to 4:00 am.

Most ATMs are in isolated locations.

Most ATM robberies occur at night between 6:30 pm and midnight.

ATMs only handle 12% of the total banking transactions but experience over 60% of the crimes.

So what are these scumbags looking for when they are scoping out an easy ATM target?

14 Protective Countermeasures For ATM Safety

1. Memorize your pin number.

2. Try to do all your banking during daylight hours.

3. Use ATMs that you are familiar with.

4. Only use ATM machines in well-lighted, open, high-traffic areas, such as inside malls or busy markets.

5. If lights around the ATM are not working, do not use the machine.

6. Avoid bank ATM machines that are near obvious hiding places like shrubberty or overgrown trees. ATM robbers like to have the element of surprise and no witnesses.

7. Choose an ATM that looks and "feels" safer, even if it is a couple of miles out of the way. Take someone with you after hours if you can.

8. As you approach an ATM, observe the area for people that could be questionable or threatening.

9. Make the process as quick as possible by having your card ready, not counting your cash in public, and putting away your cash and card immediately.

10. If anyone suspicious or seemingly dangerous approaches, terminate your transaction and leave immediately, even if it means running away and leaving your ATM card in the machine.

11. Run or drive away immediately if you feel threatened in any way.

12. Should you be robbed, do not resist and give up the cash immediately.

13. Do not fight with or attempt to follow the robber.

14. Do not let the robber take you hostage.

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