N.J. Banks Appear to Take ATM Safety Law in Stride

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New Jersey's ATM Security Act, which took effect in January, does not seem to be raising any hackles in the financial services industry.

The law was drafted by a task force from the New Jersey Bankers Association and state legislators. Kurt Schaub, a spokesman for the association, said it was "very unusual to back legislation that would impose a monetary cost," but he said he hasn't received any complaints.

The association moved to enact statewide regulation rather than having each of the state's 567 municipalities draft its own.

The effort followed automated teller machine legislation in New York and other states. Bankers are looking for uniformity to make compliance easier and less costly.

"Most banks have taken ATM safety quite seriously, whether legislated or not," said Scott Strug, director of marketing for Woodcliff Lake, N.J.-based NYCE Corp. Industry shock over safety legislation in the early 1990s has worn off, he added.

Many banks have implemented ATM safety measures to protect themselves from liability in case of crime, Mr. Strug said.

Much less stringent than the measure governing ATMs in New York City, New Jersey's measure, signed into law by Gov. …