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ATM Safety
ATM Machines have become the target of criminal opportunities
such as robberies, purse thefts, and other personal crimes.

The following is a list of suggestions to help reduce your vulnerabilities and criminal opportunities.


Here are some general rules and suggestions to keep in mind when using an ATM:

   * Treat your ATM card like cash. Always keep your card in a safe place.
   * Keep your Personal Identification Number (PIN) a secret. Never write your PIN on your
      card, and don't store it near your card.
   * Never give out information about your PIN over the telephone.
   * Report a lost or stolen card immediately.
   * Closely monitor your bank statements, as well as your balances, and immediately report
      any problems to your bank.
      

When at an ATM Machine:

   * Always observe your surroundings before conducting an ATM transaction.
   * Always be aware, alert and prepared to act when visiting an ATM Machine.
   * If possible, do not use an outside machine. Use machines that are inside locked.
   * If you use an outside machine, use one that is well lit and visible.
   * Try not to visit a machine alone.
   * Minimize time spent at the ATM machine by having your card out and ready.
   * Don't just walk up to the machine. Look around for suspicious cars or persons.
   * If using a drive-up machine, keep your engine running, doors locked, and the windows up
     while waiting in line. In most cases a drive up machine is safest.
   * If there is any sign of trouble, drive off.
   * When possible, leave enough room between cars to allow for a fast exit.
   * Cover PIN numbers so no one can read them.
   * Do not count or visually display any money you received from the ATM. Immediately put
     your money into your pocket or purse and count it later.
   * Don't leave receipts lying around. (Take them with you.) Don't put them in the trash
     container near the machine.
   * If anything suspicious happens, cancel your transaction and leave the area. Notify police.
   * If you are involved in a confrontation with an assailant who demands your money,
      COMPLY. Notify police.
   * Don't select an ATM at the corner of a building -- corners create a blind spot. Use an ATM
     located near the center of a building.

When at an ATM Machine at Night:

   * Park close to the ATM in a well-lighted area.
   * Take another person with you, if at all possible.
   * If the lights at the ATM are not working, don't use it.
   * If shrubbery has overgrown or a tree blocks the view, select another ATM and notify your
      bank.
   * If you are involved in a confrontation with an assailant who demands your money,
     COMPLY. Notify police.