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 and store in the protective sleeve.
  • Keep your Personal Identification Number (PIN) a secret. Your ATM card will only work with your PIN. 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.
  • check your receipts against your monthly statements to guard against ATM fraud.
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, card accessible booths or rooms
  • If you use an outside machine, use one that is well lit and visible
  • Try not to visit a machine alone. Remember: The is safety in numbers
  • 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 your money while at the ATM. Don't flash cash. Don't dress expensively
  • Don't leave receipts lying around. Take them with you, don't put them in the trash container near the machine
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel something is wrong, go to another machine
  • If anything suspicious happens, cancel your transaction and leave the area