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ATM Robbery Findings

  • Approximately 50% of the ATM robberies occur between 7pm – midnight.
  • Majority of ATM robberies involved a single customer.
  • Robbers position themselves nearby (approx. 50’) from an ATM machine.
  • Most robberies are committed by a lone robber and will use some type of weapon.
  • Robberies occur more often at walk-up ATMs that at drive-thru ATMs.

ATM Users Safety Tips

Be aware of your surroundings. If you notice anything suspicious such as someone loitering nearby or a security light out consider coming back later.

When you approach an ATM, check the area for loiterers.

Only use ATM machines in a well lighted, open, high- traffic area.

If using the ATM at night, take someone with you.

If using an ATM machine in a vestibule area, ensure door is securely closed and do not open for others.

If you withdraw cash put it away promptly, don’t count your money in public.

Put your ATM card and receipt away promptly.  Never leave your receipt at the ATM.

Keep your PIN secret.  Don’t write it down on your card.

Shield the keypad when entering your PIN to keep it from being observed.

Beware of offers for help from strangers during an ATM transaction.

Don’t argue or attempt to fight with a robber, give up your cash.

If robbed, when safe to do so immediately call the police

Campus Safety & Security at Johns Hopkins University Emergency number: 410-516-7777