Crimes involving cash point machines take three main forms; shoulder surfing, use of a Lebanese Loop in the machine and straightforward snatches. By taking simple precautions when using these machines, you can greatly reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime.
When using an ATM, ensure that anyone standing close by cannot see you enter your PIN number. Professional criminals will be able to recognise the number from several feet away.
Try not to get distracted once you have inputted the number as this may be a rouse to steal your card.
Consider using ATM's inside shops and banks as these may have improved CCTV coverage and people loitering near machines will be more obvious.
If your card is stolen, report to your bank and the Police as soon as possible. If practical, write down a full description of the suspects and retain it as evidence for the Police
plastic sheath is sometimes put into the card reader of ATM's,
which prevents cards being read. It is often referred to as
a Lebanese Loop. They were originally made of videotape but
can be made of any thin material. A search on the Internet
will show pictures of several different examples. Outwardly
the machine will appear no different.
Theft of Cash
Be aware of who is near the ATM when you are withdrawing cash, particularly at night. If you feel uneasy, consider travelling to a different machine. Many machines will now dispense cash to any cardholder although advice regarding charges, if any, should be obtained from your own bank.