A plant hire manager in Northern Ireland has stressed the imperative for ATM installation services on improved security in machines used for construction works.
The observation from Brendan Byrne, the plant hire manager, after a digger was stolen, was utilized in ripping a cash machine stationed by a shop in County Londonderry.
The theft took place during the early hours of Sunday at a garage near Dungiven.
The Infrastructure Department has reaffirmed that the machinery was snatched from a big roads project site between Dungiven and Drumanhoe.
Removal and loading of the cash machine into a Citroen Berlingo by masked men took only about four minutes, as seen in a camera footage.
The Security Gaps
According to Mr. Byrne, “one key” can fit a number of other machineries in the yard. He said that with a bunch of keys, it is relatively safe to state that a machinery in there can be driven away.
To illustrate, he said that the case is like having a £20,000 worth car with a chipped key.
He observed that a construction machine costing as much as £80,000 to £100,000 practically does not come with devices against thief.
The government’s Infrastructure Department has reminded contractors on overnight equipment security in project sites.
The incident also brought to light the security situation of the stolen ATM machine, and probably a call to action for innovation by ATM installation services providers and related stakeholders. It was evident that the crime was perpetrated on an unguarded area, and no alarms sounded off though camera footages recorded the occurrence.
Protection Measures for Consideration by ATM Installation Services Providers and Vehicle Manufacturers
Federation of Master Builders’ Gavin Maguire raised the contractors’ concern that GPS equipment fitted into the machines seemed to be rendered useless by unscrupulous methods used by criminals.
On the other hand, agencies involved in ATM installation services and other stakeholders need to establish working measures to protect hardware against physical looting.
The spate of physical attacks on ATMs should serve as signal for ATM installation services providers to improve hardware technology and protection.
A notable view by some banking experts is that the “prize” within the machine should be rendered worthless to the thieves. Thus, bills become stained inside a stolen ATM device. But this is just one of the useful technologies, and more needs to be done.