Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A New Trend?

For a while in the town where I work, we saw a number of ATM burglaries where a suspect would crash a vehicle into a business with an ATM inside, drag the machine out with the vehicle and take it to a secluded location to gain entry into the ATM's vault and the money inside. This was part of a larger trend of similar burglaries nationwide.

Now Dallas area authorities are reporting a variation on this type of crime. Businesses hardened their locations to prevent the burglaries and now thieves have upped the ante by using heavy equipment to facilitate these crimes.
"OFFICERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BE AWARE OF ANY CONSTRUCTION SITES WITH HEAVY EQUIPMENT WITHIN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO A BANK OR ANY OTHER BUILDING WHICH MAY HAVE AN ATM MACHINE INSIDE," a Dallas police bulletin says. "OFFICERS SHOULD ALSO BE AWARE OF ANY CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT THAT IS MOVING DURING THE NIGHT TIME." Source: Dallas Morning News
Thieves can be quite inventive.

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