Detectives in Antrim are investigating a number of burglaries at commercial premises in which ATM machines have recently been targeted.
Detective Sergeant Crothers said: “Police received reports of six burglaries in the Kells, Crumlin, Broughshane, Ballyclare, Ballynure and Randalstown areas.
“The burglaries are reported to have occurred between 20th April and 30th May, all during the early hours of the morning when entry was forced to the premises.
“ATMs located inside the premises were damaged. Cash was reported stolen during the burglary in Martinstown.
“One line of enquiry we are pursuing at this time is that these incidents may be linked, and I am appealing for anyone who has information they believe may assist our investigation to contact detectives in Antrim on the non-mergency number 101, quoting reference number 111 of 28/03/18.
“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”
Detective Sergeant Crothers added: “These incidents highlight the importance of regularly reviewing business security and I would advise businesses to regularly review their crime prevention measures to minimise their risk of becoming a victim of crime.
Here are a few simple measures –
• Ensure minimum cash is kept on the premises. Leave the till empty and open overnight. If an ATM is a self -fill option, reconsider having a managed machine or the use of a Cash Security Company
• Use signs to clearly state that there is minimal cash on premises/limited cash in tills/ATMS – out of hours. For example: ‘time delay safes are used’ or ‘no money is left on the premises’ or ’employees cannot open the safes’.
• Do not count cash in public view, or fill the ATMs in opening hours.
• Ensure all security equipment including CCTV, Alarms etc. have been routinely serviced and are working properly.
• Conduct a full security review of your business and seek assistance as required.”
For further advice please call your local Crime Prevention Officer on the 101 number.