Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Provincial Police Urge Retailers to Rethink In-Store ATMs after String of Thefts

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Provincial Police Urge Retailers to Rethink In-Store ATMs after String of Thefts

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OPP urges retailers to rethink in-store ATMs

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Ontario's provincial police force is urging retailers to consider the risks of having automated teller machines in stores.

They say the machines have been targets in a flurry of recent thefts throughout the province.

Const. Ed Sanchuk of the Ontario Provincial Police's Norfolk County detachment says the machines themselves tend to be worth about $1,000, but many of the thefts result in much bigger losses for store owners.

Sanchuk says a recent example took place in Port Rowan, Ont., earlier this month when unidentified suspects tried to steal an ATM from a local gas station.

He says the suspects backed a truck into the station in order to remove the ATM, causing thousands of dollars of damage.

Sanchuk says such damage is not uncommon in such thefts and says retailers should be taking steps to limit the risks of having ATMs on the premises. …

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