Criminals tampering with Nottingham cash machines to cheat customers
FIVE cash machines have been tampered with in Nottingham this year, say police.
Each time the machine either swallowed a card or the money requested was not dispensed.
The first problem was discovered at a machine in Derby Road, Lenton, on February 13.
On February 22 a cash machine in Arleston Drive, Wollaton, was tampered with.
A third report was made in Sneinton Drive, Sneinton, on February 25.
The location and date of the two later incidents have not been confirmed.
Sergeant Jeremy Ellis warned people to be vigilant when using machines at shops and banks.
He sent a message on the police neighbourhood alert e-mail system saying: "Before you use the machine, please ensure that there are no loose wires showing and that the keypad appears intact and not loose.
"Also check that the slot where the cash is dispensed hasn't got a cover as this is used to stop the cash coming out.
"Please ensure that you are aware of any people that may be hanging around when using the cash machines.
"Generally the offenders will come back to the machine fairly quickly to collect the cards or cash.
"If you do notice anything suspicious with the machine please contact the bank or store or contact the ATM provider usually displayed on the machine."
Three reports of trapping devices on cash machines were also made between December 6 and 17 last year.
In all three incidents a small strip of plastic, which matched chrome on the cash point, had been stuck over the gap where the money is dispensed.
The devices are later removed by the offender, with the cash the account holder was unable to collect still inside.
Anyone who has information about tampering should call police on 101.
Alternatively telephone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.