There are nearly 3 million ATM (Automatic Teller Machines) in the world. 425,000 of them are in the United States alone. People rely heavily on ATM’s, with the average withdrawal amount being $60. Since people rely so heavily on these machines, it is important to remember some ATM safety tips to prevent crime and maintain personal safety.
1. Be Aware Of Your Surroundings
Check out what is going on around you before walking or driving up to the ATM, especially at night. Try to avoid going to an ATM or depository alone, but if you must, be sure you have scanned the area around you.
2. Be Prepared
Memorize your PIN to avoid losing it o possibly giving someone else access to your account. Also, have your phone readily available in case of an emergency. When making a withdrawal, shield the numbers as you type them in from anyone who may be nearby. When you receive the money, put it away immediately and do not count it if others can see you.
3. Be Mindful
If someone is hanging around you or if you see something that is suspicious, cancel your transaction and report the incident to 911. If you are able to complete your withdrawal and you notice someone may be following you, drive to a nearby, well lit, populated area and then report it to the police. But, if someone does approach you and demands money, just give it to them. Money is replaceable, you are not. Try to remember anything you can (height, weight, any identifying marks) about them and call the police immediately.