Can a Portable ATM Machine be protected from Thieves?

Portable ATM machines provide great convenience to consumers in a myriad of retail establishments, events, and outside locations. You might think that their placement, away from the heightened safety and security of places like banks, would make them more vulnerable to thieves and others with ill intentions. That’s most certainly untrue and here are just a few of the ways that these machines are protected. 

Portable ATM Machine protection on site 

First and foremost, ATM machines are built to take a beating. They’re typically constructed with industrial-grade steel and heavy welding. Depending on their location, they might even be bolted to the wall or the ground keeping them securely in place and extremely difficult to move without the right tool kit that includes a torch and industrial-strength drill.  

Portable ATM Machine protection with software and other means

Portable ATM machines are also equipped with cameras onboard and in the surrounding area that take photographic and video footage of anyone that engages the machine. They have alarms that go off if the machine is compromised in some way and which notifies the police and an alarm company contracted to monitor the signal. In addition, many have a GPS inside that will make tracking a perpetrator fairly easy.  

How you can keep the machine safe

If you’re a business owner with an onsite portable ATM machine, you probably won’t have to do much beyond your usual security measures to keep the machine safe. If you suspect someone has ill intentions toward the machine, or you catch someone casing it out, you can call the police before any crime is attempted. You can also be sure you have a video camera in your establishment that points directly at the area immediately surrounding the machine.  

What to do if thieves strike

If you report to work one morning and find that thieves have struck and went straight for the portable ATM machine, call the police first. After the police are called, you can call the company that manages the ATM for you. It’s not likely that thieves will be successful getting the machine out of the building, or the money out of the machine, but it’s best to prepare for any possible scenario. Jail time and fines for stealing from an ATM are pretty hefty which serves as a deterrent to possible thieves.

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