Police warn of thieves tampering with ATMs to steal people’s cash in towns across Derbyshire

Police are warning Derbyshire residents to be vigilant when withdrawing cash after reports of thieves tampering with ATMs.

Tuesday, 21st June 2022, 2:51 pm
Updated Tuesday, 21st June 2022, 2:53 pm

Derbyshire Police have received reports that ATM machines across Amber Valley – including Alfreton, Heanor and Langley Mill – are being targeted by criminals.

These offenders are using ‘cash trapping devices’ – which see a glue strip attached inside the ATM which prevents cash from being dispensed. When people try to withdraw money and fail to do so, as it has become stuck, these thieves then return to the machine and retrieve the cash.

Residents are being urged to scan ATMs for anything suspicious before they use them. If money is not dispensed, then report it immediately to the bank, post office or store where the machine is located. If this is not possible, then call the police – do not assume there is just a fault with the machine.

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Derbyshire residents are being warned to take care when using ATMs.