ADT Safety Tips: Safely Using an ATM

AD T Security Professional Offers Tips To Help Consumers From Becoming Victims of Robbers Targeting ATMs BOCA RATON, Fla. , March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The more than 420,000 automated teller machines (ATMs) in the U.S. and Canada provide a...


ADT Security Professional Offers Tips To Help Consumers From Becoming Victims of Robbers Targeting ATMs

BOCA RATON, Fla. , March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The more than 420,000 automated teller machines (ATMs) in the U.S. and Canada provide a tremendous convenience to consumers, allowing them to withdraw cash anytime of the day or night. But they can also attract robbers looking for easy prey.

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According to figures from the U.S. Department of Justice, losses from an ATM robbery average between $100 and $200. Also, about 15 percent of victims are injured during the robbery.

Hank Monaco , vice president for ADT Security Services, which helps to protect half of the country's top 50 national and regional bank holding companies, said it is possible to significantly reduce your chances of becoming a victim.

"Anytime cash is readily available, you will find criminals looking to take advantage - ATMs are no exception," Monaco said. "But by being aware and using common sense you should be able to conduct your business safely."

According to one ATM service organization, the majority of Americans between the ages of 25 to 49 use an ATM an average of eight times a month. Monaco offered these safety tips for all Americans and Canadians who use ATMs.

If, despite following these tips, you are still confronted by a robber, Monaco said you should comply.

"Security experts emphasize that you should never fight with the robber," he said. "Note the robber's description as you give him the money. Then get away as soon as it is safe and call the police."

About ADT Security Services

ADT Security Services is a unit of Tyco International and part of ADT Worldwide, the world's largest security provider. In North America , ADT provides electronic security services to nearly five million commercial, government and residential customers. ADT's total security solutions include intrusion, fire protection, video systems, access control, critical condition monitoring, home health services, electronic article surveillance, radio frequency identification (RFID) and integrated systems. ADT's government and commercial customers include a majority of the nation's Fortune 500 companies, all U.S. federal courthouses and over 70 mid to large airports. Headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla. , ADT has more than 24,000 employees at approximately 240 locations in the U.S. and Canada . More ADT information is at http://www.adt.com

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