Safe and Sound: Safety at the ATM

A big misconception is that the camera on ATMs will protect you

Safe and Sound: Safety at the ATM

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Whether you are grabbing cash or depositing money, you should be aware of your surroundings when going to the ATM.

Sergeant Todd Pickelsimer with Dougherty County Police said it’s very important to call 911 if you see someone that appears suspicious.

“Give them an idea of what they look like, why they’re suspicious in that area, and like I said move along until you know the area is safe," Pickelsimer said.

A big misconception is that the camera on ATMs will protect you. Pickelsimer said that’s not the case.

Sgt. Todd Pickelsimer, Dougherty County Police (Source: WALB)
Sgt. Todd Pickelsimer, Dougherty County Police (Source: WALB)

“We might get them on camera but all that is going to do is help prosecute them after the fact. You’re still going to get victimized," he said.

One man in Orlando said moments after he withdrew money from a drive-thru ATM, a robber stuck a gun in his face, threatening to pull the trigger. He handed the money over and the gunman eventually backed away.

Also, try and plan ahead as much as possible so that you’re not going to the ATM during late hours.

If you can, try to avoid going to an ATM outside of business hours. (Source: WALB)
If you can, try to avoid going to an ATM outside of business hours. (Source: WALB)

“If you know that you’re going to need cash for the weekend, try to go during business hours when you know there’s going to be other people around," Pickelsimer said. “Really witnesses are the best way to deter criminals from taking criminal action, if you go to an ATM after midnight or later, there is a higher chance you’ll be the only one there and you’re more likely to get victimized.”

Be sure to always protect your PIN, go to a well lit ATM and follow your instincts if you don’t feel safe.

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