Thieves steal ATM machines and cash by using items such as pickup trucks, hand carts, or construction equipment. GPS tracking devices are now installed in ATMs and other forms of property in order to retrieve high-value assets or stolen cash, catch criminals, and prevent crime. These devices work by transmitting location information via satellite to a central database where officers can determine exactly where your property is at any given time.
Stolen ATM funds can be tracked through the use of two types of devices: GPS tracking units and FLIR (fiber-optic laser imaging) cameras. AFLC Technologies manufactures a device called the CashCatcher which uses GPS technology to track and report the location of missing cash. The company also sells camera systems that can be mounted inside an ATM machine to monitor deposits into accounts and capture images of criminal activity. These cameras transmit pictures through cellular networks to remote servers where they can be viewed by police officers.
ATM thieves may attempt to destroy GPS tracking devices by hitting them with heavy objects such as a truck. You should consider purchasing insurance for your property if it is worth more than $10,000. This type of coverage is available from most credit card companies and will allow you to recover your lost assets if they are taken away from you.
Thieves target ATMs, whether drive-up or standalone, in convenience shops, pharmacies, outdoor events, and other locations. These devices can also be used for surveillance purposes.
GPS tracking devices work by transmitting location information via satellites to a remote server which can then be viewed on a map application. The technology is available for under $100 and requires an internet connection and cell phone signal. It is important to consider your needs and expectations before purchasing a tracking device. For example, you may not want the exact location of your vehicle to be public knowledge, so only purchase this feature if it's needed.
Standalone and drive-up ATMs are two different types of automated teller machines (ATMs). Standalone ATMs are located in a separate building from any other business and require a card reader and a telephone line to operate them from a remote location. Drive-up ATMs are located near banks and allow customers to use their debit cards at a discounted rate. They do not require a physical card reader and can process up to 20 transactions per hour.
Stolen vehicles contain GPS trackers too, but these devices usually cost more than $10,000 and must be installed by a professional dealer who has access to special equipment.
The most prevalent ATM-related crime is skimming, in which criminals use a device linked to the machine to steal data in a card's magnetic stripe or employ concealed cameras to film customers entering their PIN. Mr. said that a rising number of ATMs in Texas had been torn apart with chains attached to vehicles or construction equipment. The thieves then drive away with the parts of the machine they don't want, like the cash drawer or the card reader.
In addition to skimming, other common ATM crimes include theft from inside the machine and damage through vandalism or fire. Vandalism can occur when someone tampers with the mechanism used to dispense money or remove the machine from its base. This person could be trying to cause a shortage of funds by preventing cards from being accepted or forcing the machine to give out too much money. As for fire, this occurs when someone sets fire to an unattended machine. Thieves then take what they can from the ashes.
There have also been reports of thieves targeting vehicles with keys left in the ignition. They will break into these cars and use tools like wire cutters to reach into the electrical system to disconnect the power source from the vehicle battery. Then they will go to an abandoned building or similar place where the engine won't be running and remove any valuable items from the car before it is reported stolen.
Last but not least, thieves have also been known to break into banks and use their ATM machines without permission.