How Can You Increase Security for an ATM and Safeguard Against Theft?
We all know ATM’s are like candy to would-be thieves. However, that doesn’t mean your ATM has to be a target. People target these machines because they are small and they think they store a lot of money.
In reality, most merchant-owned free standing ATM’s (the ones in stores) don’t contain much cash. Many store owners remove the cash each evening like a cash register.
As a store owner or ATM operator, there are certain precautions you can take to limit the chance that an ATM is stolen or broken into and increase security for an ATM.
It’s easy to add a camera monitor for your ATM machine to ensure that it puts a person at risk if they try and steal money from it. The more measures you take to secure your machine the less likely someone will attempt to steal money out of it.
- Install surveillance cameras around your ATM. No one wants to be spotted on camera. Put one directly on top of the machine and another in a location that has a good view of the ATM. These camera systems are inexpensive and work great.
- Hang a sign up in the area to let people know that it is under constant surveillance. Thieves will think twice before making an attempt to steal from the ATM when cameras are around. Several higher-end machines come with cameras installed inside to help lower the chance of theft. The some of the new Genmega series ATMs have surveillance deterrents pre-installed at the factory.
- Put your ATM near a brightly lit area. The more lit the area where the ATM is located, the less chance someone is going to try and break into it. Make sure that the area directly above the machine and surrounding area has the proper lighting. This will also help customers feel more at ease when completing a transaction. No one wants to withdraw cash from an ATM in an area that is dark. Added security to a machine can help protect the money inside and help draw in customers.
- Place the machine inside your store. Properly secure windows and doors to prevent people from trying to break in and remove cash each evening like a cash register.
- Install an alarm in your store so if someone tries to get inside they will trigger it. Your machine should be more secure if it is inside your business. An alarm usually makes criminals move to the next target where they don’t have alarms. Alarms are inexpensive these days and go a long way to make would be criminals think twice about breaking into your business to steal your ATM or any other valuables inside for that matter.
Protecting your investment is just good business. You do not need someone stealing from your ATM. Make sure your installer properly secures your machine to the floor or wall. Make sure the area surrounding your establishment is well-lit, and if you own and operate your ATM machines, simply remove the cash when you close and leave the safe door open is the best security measure. If the ATM in your store is operated by someone else, most of the suggestions above deter criminal activity. A few small protective measures is all it takes to increase security for an ATM and protect your valuables.