[Reference: C3584 Warning over cashpoint crooks 29/3/11] Police in Chesterfield are advising people to take extra care when withdrawing money from cashpoints to stop them becoming the victim of thieves. Safer Neighbourhoods officers across the borough are reminding people to be aware of who’s around them when using ‘hole in the wall’ machines and to not allow themselves to be distracted.
Officers are reiterating advice to prevent people falling victim to ‘cashpoint crooks’ that use a variety of methods to target unsuspecting members of the public. Sergeant Mark Pearson said: “Although we receive very few reports about this type of crime, I would ask that people are extra careful when using cash machines. “The safest place to withdraw cash is at cash machines inside banks if possible and make sure that if people are stood behind you, they are unable to see your pin number. “Once you have withdrawn your money put it away quickly and discreetly to ensure it is out of view of would be thieves. If you feel uncomfortable discontinue the transaction and walk away.”
Follow the advice below to minimise the risk of becoming a victim of this kind of crime: Where possible, withdraw cash during the day rather than during the hours of darkness when there may be poor lighting and the area is quieter. Check the machine has not been tampered with and check the slot for a plastic sleeve which thieves sometimes insert to retain your card. Once you have received your money place it into your purse, wallet or pocket straight away, keeping your purse or wallet close to you at all times. Avoid walking away from the machine with the money still in your hand. When standing at the cash point ensure that those around you cannot see your hand as you type in your PIN. If you are at all suspicious of anyone in the vicinity, go to another cash point or try later. Never keep your PIN with your bank card. Never ask other people to withdraw cash on your behalf and never give your bank card/PIN or details of your bank account to anyone. Anyone with information about cashpoint crime should contact Derbyshire police on 0345 123 3333 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111