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PSNI issue further warning over ATM thefts

POLICE have made a renewed appeal for the public to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity near ATMs.

The call comes following the use of heavy plant equipment was used to steal ATMs from locations throughout Tyrone earlier this year.

Detective Superintendent Rowan Moore has thanked the public for their assistance in their investigations.

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He said, “Recently we have seen the positive result of the community and police working together to catch those we believe are responsible for the theft of ATMs.

However, our investigations continue and ATM crime remains a priority for the PSNI.

“We are not complacent and we continue to focus on doing everything we can to catch those responsible for previous incidents and prevent further thefts.

“I am grateful to the public for their input and support to date and would encourage communities to remain alert to suspicious activity. If you see or hear a digger late at night or in the early hours of the morning ask yourself – what need is there for such activity at such a late hour?

“If your suspicions are aroused phone police immediately. Time is of the essence in catching these criminals. Your phone call could be pivotal in catching the criminals.

“ATM theft is not a victimless crime. These attacks cause untold loss and disruption to people and businesses, many of whom are rural and depend on their local ATM provision for access to cash.”

Detective Superintendent Moore also appealed to anyone who owns or uses heavy plant machinery, to take every possible step to secure and immobilise them.

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“If criminals cannot steal diggers and other similar machinery, they cannot tear out ATMs,” he said. Anyone who has any information which could help police apprehend those responsible to contact detectives on 101.

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