ATM Safety Tips
Criminals and lawless citizens all over the world are being more creative and bolder when it comes to getting what they want and inflicting fear and harm to others. Unfortunately, Singapore is not an exception to this. The number of listed cases of robberies in Singapore are growing, much to the alarm of the Singaporean citizens.
For our part, the most vital thing we can do is to protect ourselves from being vulnerable to these incidents. Here are some helpful tips to be safe when using the ATM.
- Always check before using.
Do not simply rush to the most convenient ATM location to withdraw money. It is crucial that we check the ATM machine and the surrounding areas first before using it. Choose the machine in an area that is well-lit and well-guarded. Check also if there is a CCTV unit monitoring the area. If possible, avoid using an ATM that is obstructed from the view of the public.
ATM machines just outside banks are your best bet because it’s also guarded by the security detail of the bank. ATM machines inside malls are also good to use because they are near an establishment that is well-monitored.
- Have someone accompany you.
Using an ATM when you are alone increases your chances of getting mugged on the spot. When you are with a friend or a family member, there is an extra pair of eyes watching your back.
- Your card must be protected.
Banks often tell their clients to have their cards ready before approaching the ATM machine. Standing there while rummaging through your bag for your card gives robbers an opportunity to pounce on you. After using it, quickly place it back inside your purse. Don’t just leave it lying around.
- Protect your PIN.
Commit your PIN to memory. Don’t write it on a piece of paper or anywhere where just anybody can get a hold of it.
Being vigilant will help us not to be victims of violent crimes. As they say, awareness is half the battle won. Always keep these tips in mind when you plan to withdraw money in an ATM. Stay safe.