New cash machine safety scheme is launched in Horncastle

Nigel Wass
Nigel Wass

Horncastle will be the launch venue for a new campaign by Lincolnshire Police to promote safety and awareness at cash point machines.

Temporary signs featuring security advice will be placed at strategic cash machines around the town to highlight the issue.

The mobile Police Station will be parked near to the ATM at the Tesco store on Watermill Road, between 9am and 2pm tomorrow (Thursday) - and in the town centre next Thursday (June 5) - for help and advice.

PCSO Nigel Wass said: “It can be easy to become complacent in small market towns and assume that this sort of crime doesn’t occur.

However, there have been instances of ‘loop devices’ being used in machines in Horncastle and Louth and we would encourage everyone to adopt sensible practices when using ATMs - and to make it become second nature”.

The advice includes:

*◾Use ATMs inside banks where possible as they are less likely to have been tampered with. Where this isn’t possible, use ones in well lit, open areas.

*◾Try and get into the habit of using the same cash machine so it is easier to spot if something has been tampered with.

*Be aware of who is around you. Ensure people are a good distance away and don’t let anyone distract you. Cancel your transaction if you are worried.

*Always shield your number with your hand

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