8 Tips to Help Prevent Crime at ATMs
There are more than 400,000 ATMs in the United States and that number is growing. We want to help you use ATMs safely, no matter where you are, so in recognition of National Consumer Protection Week (March 4-10), we recommend that you follow these eight safety tips when using any ATM:
- Keep your PIN number a secret. Never write it down or share it with anyone – not even family members.
- Be aware of your surroundings, particularly at night. Make sure the ATM is free of sight obstructions. If you observe suspicious persons or circumstances, do not use the machine.
- Bring someone with you when using an ATM at night. If you can’t, use an ATM that is located in a public area like a convenience or grocery store.
- Have your ATM card ready and in your hand as you approach the ATM.
- Use your body to shield the ATM keyboard as you enter your PIN.
- Always take your receipts or transaction records with you.
- Do not count or visually display any money you received from the ATM. Immediately put your money into your pocket or purse and count it later.
- If you are using a drive-up ATM, be sure passenger windows are rolled up and all doors are locked. If you leave your car and walk to the ATM, lock your car.
You can also use a feature like Lake City Bank’s Cardless Cash to help make your ATM trips safer by scheduling the transaction ahead of time and redeeming the cash with your phone, reducing the time you spend at the machine and keeping your card in your wallet.