Safety Expert Calls for Alley ATM Move

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Byline: ELOISE HANDLEY

THE image of a lone Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) mounted on the wall of an alley off Palmerin Street is doing the international rounds as part of a crime prevention training program.

Retired Queensland Police officer turned security and crime prevention consultant Tony Lake said the Warwick ANZ ATM was "in a vulnerable location because there's no natural surveillance".

"It's in an alley where you can't be seen or see and it's positioned leading into a car park," Mr Lake said.

"The placement of this ATM in a blind alleyway creates a preventable crime risk."

The alley sits between the ANZ bank and the Condamine Sports Club and although there has been no serious incidents to date, it has been the site of numerous public nuisance offences.

Mr Lake has used it as an example of what not to do at Crime Prevention through Environmental Design conferences throughout Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

"Crime Prevention through Environmental Design is not mind-blowing stuff; it's all about perception," Mr Lake said.

"(It's about) lighting and lines of sight so people feel safer. An ATM in an alley doesn't look or feel safe.

"I don't know what the answer is because the building is heritage listed but the ATM should be on the front of the building. …