|Thieves Target People Withdrawing Cash At Supermarket ATMS|
Incidents reported at Sainsbury's and inside Marks & Spencer
Two incidents of theft at local ATMS- one of them inside Marks & Spencer- have prompted local police to warn people to be on the alert when withdrawing money from cash machines.
The first incident involved an elderly man drawing out £100 from the ATM outside Sainsbury's , Essex Place. He was distracted, and a man in his thirties suddenly grabbed the cash and ran.
Protect your PIN at an ATM by covering it with your hand
The man returned for another attempt in the afternoon but was recognised by store security and detained.
Police said that she was distracted while about to withdraw the cash by a white man who said; "You have dropped a £5 note". He then made off with her money.
Another incident of pickpocketing, or 'dipping' took place outside M & S today where a ladies purse was stolen.
A police spokesman said the public should be on the alert at all cash machines, whether inside or outside stores and should be vigilant about their PIN numbers and watch out for anyone trying to distract them. Police advice on how to ' Nip A Dipper' is contained in this poster.
Police safety advice at ATMS :
*always be aware of people behind you, and cover the keypad with your hand
November 24, 2015