Police warning after latest spate of attacks on ATMs

POLICE in Fermanagh have called on local residents to remain on the look out for suspicious activity around ATMs.
The latest warning follows attempts to steal ATM machines over the weekend.
One incident was targeted at an ATM at Belfast City Hospital while on Monday a petrol station near Ballynahinch, Co Down was badly damaged in an attempt to rip an ATM from the wall. The canopy of the forecourt appeared to be almost toppled.
A third raid also took place in Dunleer, Co Louth.
This week a police spokesman urged the public to report any suspicious activity around ATM sites to straight away. He added that investigations into the recent ATM incidents are ongoing.
“It is vital that we all take steps to prevent any further attacks. If you are a premises owner with an ATM on your site, please regularly review your crime prevention measures to minimise your risk of becoming a victim of crime.
“If you use or store heavy plant machinery on sites or facilities near commercial premises, please make sure these machines are kept locked, secured and immobilised to prevent theft.
“If you live close to businesses like filling stations and local shops, please lift the phone and contact us straight away if you notice anything out of the ordinary, hear machinery late at night or in the early hours or see any unusual activity or people in the area.
“Report any power outages close to commercial premises during the hours of darkness to us and also let us know if you see people or vehicles appearing to pay particular attention to premises.
“We appreciate your support and all information received helps us to target this type of criminality and prevent further crimes.”
Anyone with information can contact Police on 101 or 999 in case of an emergency, or if it is suspected a crime is in progress.

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