Police issue warning to residents following thefts at cash points in Milton Keynes

Police have issued advice to local residents following a number of thefts at ATM machines in Milton Keynes.

Throughout November, there have been a number of reports of thefts at ATMs across Milton Keynes.

Offenders are targeting vulnerable individuals and are either using distraction techniques or forcing victims out of the way once they have entered their PIN.

Offences have taken place at cashpoints outside banks and supermarkets and hundreds of pounds in cash has been stolen from victims.

Detective Inspector James Horseman, based at Milton Keynes Police Station, said: “This is a concerning crime series and we are working closely with banks, supermarkets and neighbouring police forces to prevent further offences from taking place and to catch these offenders in the act.

"Whilst our investigation progresses, I would like to share some advice to help us all avoid falling victim to these criminals and I ask you to share this advice with family, friends and neighbours.

“Before you use an ATM machine, be aware of anyone standing close by. Try to be alert and aware of anyone near you when you are at an ATM. Being aware of your surroundings and not being distracted makes it harder for people to take advantage.

“Additionally we would advise you always check the machine to see if it has been tampered with before you use it. If it doesn’t look right or feel right, then do not proceed with your withdrawal.

If you would like to find out more information about how to keep yourself safe from ATM theft, you can visit the webpage here.