Town of Tewksbury
1009 Main Street, Tewksbury, MA 01876
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
   * If you are involved in a confrontation with an assailant who demands your money,
     COMPLY. Notify police.