According to the Northern Ireland Independent Trade Association this is the first major robbery of this type in nearly two years. Chief Executive Glyn Roberts stated "......I would call upon every retailer who has an ATM machine in their premises to urgently review their security in the light of this robbery."
You can read more on the story on UTV News.
Blog comment: Following on from that comment, what could the options be? Assuming that this ATM was a 'merchant fill' machine (i.e. the retailer directly replenishes the cash), the risk is with the retailer.
- One way to reduce this risk for machines located inside stores that are closed, is for the merchant to empty the machine of all cash before closing the store, and to leave the safe door open. The machine can then be replenished just before the store reopens. This of course assumes that there is an alternate cash safe in the store, perhaps located in a less obvious location, or in a location from which it would be difficult for criminals to rip it out, and perhaps of more solid construction.
- If this is not an option, the anchorage of the machine could also be reviewed and possibly strengthened, and/or cassette based banknote degradation systems (with related signage) could be considered. This of course adds cost to the retailer in what can be a tight business model.
- CCTV coverage and alarms (ATM and premises) also need to be reviewed.