Police in Horncastle have helped stage the country’s first advice session specifically designed to help combat crime at cash machines.
Officers teamed with officials from LINK, who are responsible for more than 90 per cent of the country’s ATMs.
The advice session - staged at the town’s mobile police station last Wednesday - followed extensive feedback from bank customers.
Sarah Chalmers, from LINK, said a national survey had indicated many elderly people were worried about security issues at cash machines.
Mrs Chalmers said she had taken note of Lincolnshire Police’s ‘Shield It, Don’t Show It’ campaign, which focussed on how to use cash machines safely.
She contacted Lincolnshire Police which subsequently led to last Wednesday’s advice session.
It proved to be a major success with people taking away leaflets highlighting ATM safety.
LINK hope to hold similar events across Lincolnshire - and the rest of the country.
Mrs Chalmers said: “Security at ATMs is an issue, particularly for older people. They can be reluctant to use cash machines. Hopefully, the leaflets - and the advice - will help.”
The leaflet points out a number of measures people can take at ATMs - including being aware of anyone acting suspiciously in the immediate vicinity.
At night, the advice is to use machines in well-lit areas.
There was also advice for what to do, if cards are kept by ATMs.
Horncastle PCSO Nigel Wass described the session as a “success” and said the message to people using cash machines was “be aware.”
There were other agencies at the event, including Trading Standards and the Terrence Higgins Trust.
PCSO Wass added: “The session covered a range of issues. Help and advice is out there - if you need it.”