ATM Crime

The physical theft of ATM machines first became an issue in Northern Ireland in 2009 when there were 21 incidents, around two thirds of which involved stolen plant machinery.

One organised crime gang was linked to the earliest recorded incidents but subsequent media coverage resulted in a series of "copycat" offences occurring. However, the number of incidents where the ATM is actually stolen is limited and more often damage is caused to the building housing the cash machine with the ATM itself left buried in the rubble.

During 2017 there were four physical attacks on ATMs in N.Ireland and these were mainly concentrated in rural areas. These rural incidents involved gaining entry to premises and standalone ATMs are broken into using various machinery, other items such as cigarettes are also stolen. These attacks have resulted in large sums of cash being stolen and police believe more than one crime gang is envolved.

ATM gas attacks and Black Box attacks continue to occur throughout GB and the South of Ireland but have not been seen to the same levels in Northern Ireland.