BE READY, BE QUICK, BE ALERT!
Robberies have been a problem at ATM's for some
time. Here are some safety tips which may make using the ATM's safer:
you drive to the ATM it is best to lock your car when using the ATM. But,
keep your keys handy so you can enter your car quickly after completing your
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 the area.
all ATM crimes to the local police and the financial institution.
you sense something wrong, leave the area immediately and use another ATM.
waiting in line wait well behind the person or persons using the ATM.
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.
everything ready before you approach the ATM; have your card ready, know
your code, fill out your deposit envelop before approaching the ATM.
NOT write your code on your ATM card. Keep your code secret. If needed,
check the code before approaching the ATM.
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.
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.
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.
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 money later.
you leave the ATM and you feel someone is following you walk or drive into
the closest open business and call the Police.