ATM crime is nothing new. For years thieves have used methods such as tampering, skimming, and robbery. But as ATM security evolves, so do the techniques used by these criminals. We are currently seeing a rise in the frequency of a type of assault on ATMs called “hook and chain” attacks. These physical attacks on the ATMs can be dangerous and costly. It is important that your financial institution plans your defenses accordingly. Edge One can help.
Hook and Chain Attacks
Using a vehicle, criminals target ATMs for this brute force attack. These attacks usually happen from late at night to early morning hours. The perpetrator attaches a large chain or cable to the ATM and accelerates. The force allows them to force open ATM safe doors. These attacks take less than 10 minutes. Even if they are not successful in opening the ATM, the resulting damage can be extensive. Freestanding, drive-up island ATMs are particularly vulnerable to these attacks.
Protection For Your ATM
Edge One can offer a solution to help protect your ATM from these attacks. Through a hardware solution from NCR, ATM criminals can be deterred.
Safe Slot Reinforcement Kits
Safe Slot Reinforcement (SSR) Kits have been designed as a counter measure to “hook and chain” attacks. These kits remove all available space around the dispenser and deposit slots while reinforcing the area around them. This makes it more difficult to damage the module transports and subsequently insert a hook through gaps in the safe door.
Each Upgrade Kit has been uniquely designed to fit around each model. Each ATM requires two kits to ensure total protection. The SSR kits are discreet, as they are not visible once the fascia is closed.