ATMs are often used for cash withdrawl instead of bank visits. Cash makes a robbery likely, at ATMs and also after leaving the ATM with cash.

A few safety tips are:

1.     Memorize your pin number.

2.     Try to do all your banking during daylight hours instead of the dark or at night.

3.     Use ATMs that you are familiar with.

4.     Use ATM machines only in well-lit, open, high-traffic areas, such as inside malls, busy markets, or in markets of residential areas.

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 shrubbery 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 little far 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.

Watch for Identity thieves

15.  Thieves have discovered in record numbers how to use simple tools like cell phone cameras, high-powered binoculars, or hidden cameras the size of a coin to capture vital security codes and information. The following steps are things you can do to try to keep from becoming a victim of this type of crime.

16.  Cover the screen and touch pad with your body while making your ATM transaction regardless if someone is nearby or not. Thieves can be watching from blocks away with the use of high-powered binoculars and or cameras.

17.  The bank will have a camera facing directly at you. However, should you see a camera to the side or behind you facing the screen or keypad, consider leaving and going to another ATM. At the very least, attempt to cover the screen and keypad with your body and report the incident immediately to the police, bank or ATM machine owner.

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