I have just received the following:
With thanks to a NHW Scheme coordinator who drew this report to my attention.
Whilst carrying out a cash withdrawal at an external ATM the victim was approached by two men who stood either side of him. Moments before the cash was about to emerge from the machine one of the thieves, who was standing on a hidden £10 note, flicks the note beneath the user then taps him on the shoulder to say he had dropped the cash. As the victim bent to pick up the note the second man grabbed the £350 from the machine and walked away. Meanwhile a third member of the gang started chatting with a woman waiting to use the machine to prevent her seeing what was happening. The victim, a 57-year-old man was not immediately aware of the theft and thought that the cash machine was faulty.
Crime Prevention Advice :
When you are using an ATM there is a tendency to focus purely on the machine as you carry out your transaction. Be aware of your surroundings. If anybody is standing so close to you that they can see your hands don't enter your pin number. Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable discontinue the transaction and walk away.
“Always cover your hand when you enter your pin number.
“If someone tries to gain your attention in any way as you are carrying out a transaction ignore them. Concentrate on the machine and retrieving your bank card and cash safely as a priority. If they are genuine they will still be there when your bank card and money is safely in your pocket., wallet or purse “
David J Budd
Crime Prevention Officer
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