Posted by Waikato Police Media Release on 15/02/2012
Following two break-ins of businesses where small ATM machines have been broken into Eastern Waikato Police are urging owners to take basic security steps to avoid being targeted.
Detective Simon Everson of the Waihi CIB said Police were so far investigating break-ins of a supermarket in Whangamata last Thursday and a chartered club in Waihi Beach on Sunday.
"It appears the offenders have broken into the premises using a jemmy bar and then used the same bar to open the front of the machine and take out the money tray making off with sizeable sums of money in each case.
"In the case of the club at Waihi Beach the offenders actually ripped the machine right out of the wall as it was built into an alcove and they could not jemmy the door without pulling it out."
Mr Everson said after closing their business for the night and securing the store Police advised operators of these ATM machines to remove the cassettes and cash from the devices each night after your business has closed and secure the contents in your night safe.
"Leave your ATM door open, just like you would do with your cash register and ensure your ATM is left on overnight then in the morning all you have to do before opening is reload the machine."
"It's all about target hardening your business from burglars, if offenders are aware your machine is not holding money and the cash is inaccessible they are less likely to target your premises and you are making your store and your staff and customers safer by taking simple, preventative steps."
Mr Everson said Police would like to hear from anyone with information on the identities of those responsible for the break-ins.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Mr Everson at the Waihi Police Station on 07 863 8179. Alternatively information can be left with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.Â
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