Cardtronics combats rising tide of attacks on UK ATMs

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Cardtronics is fighting back against ATM attacks in the U.K., which now represent more than half of all ATM crime in Europe, but only 15 percent of the region’s ATMs, according to data from the European Association for Secure Transactions.

The independent ATM operator has launched a variety of measures under the newly introduced ATM Secure brand with support provided by external partners, according to a report by Forecourt Trader.

Measures being applied to ATM brands under the Cardtronics umbrella (i.e., Cashzone, Bank Machine, DC Payments and Omnicash) are aimed at rendering stolen ATM cash unusable and using hidden tracking devices to locate criminals and stolen money.

According to the report, one method used in these crimestopping efforts — a “smart water” spray — marks criminals and cash with a non-washable substance that can be detected as long as five years after it was originally applied.

Initially implemented at ATMs in Co-op stores in the U.K., the program seems to be having a positive effect; attacks on Co-op ATMs in the first half of 2018 declined by one-third year over year, leading Cardtronics to expand the program, according to the report.

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