Thursday, 5 July 2012

Suspicious ATMs around Chorlton

Last Saturday evening I learnt that there was an iPod attached to the ATM outside the Unicorn on Manchester Road filming people's Pin codes. I immediately alerted the Police and this is the reply I have recieved about how they plan to tackle this problem in Chorlton:

"To date there has been a couple of reports relating to devices attached to ATM's on the Chorlton and Chorlton Park Wards. These reports are connected with the type of ATM's used by the Co-Op Bank, specifically the one situated at the junction of Barlowmoor Road and hardy Lane and Unicorn Groceries, Manchester Road.

The method being employed is one where the offender, or offenders, attach a card trap device to the card slot and a camera above the key pad. A number of devices have been recovered from the various scenes and these are to be forensically examined.

The staff at the stores where the ATM's are located conduct checks on the ATM's during the stores opening hours, however the period of risk is between the stores closing and it reopening again. I have requested Officers check these ATM's when able during the night and to provide a presence in the area.

I have requested the message be passed via Twitter for the community to be aware of the issue and to report anything suspicious.

Enquiries are ongoing to establish the identity of the offender(s)."

Please let me and the local Police know if you encounter any similar devises around Chorlton. You can follow Chorlton Police on Twitter at @GMPChorlton

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