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Dangerous situations






Dangerous situations

The number of gas explosion attacks on ATMs installed in banking houses and savings banks is on the increase. By the middle of 2008, the number of attacks in Germany alone had reached the total number for 2007. The attacks, which all seem to have their origin in several South European countries, involve the brutal blasting-open of entire ATMs of the kind typically found in the entrance halls of banks using perfectly legal equipment, and gaining immediate access to the money boxes inside. The attackers normally enter the self-service area of their chosen bank at night and fill the money issuing slot of the ATM with an explosive gas mixture which they then detonate using an electric remote-control or timer-controlled detonator. Many times, the safe door of the ATM will give in, so that it takes the villains no more than a few seconds to grab the full money boxes and make their escape.

Apart from the monetary loss, the bank also suffers the loss of a totally destroyed ATM. But it normally does not stop there: in the majority of cases, the blast causes the destruction of the entire customer area as well as damage to the building itself and any neighboring equipment. And think of the possibility of passers-by on a night stroll being hurt by debris and broken window panes bursting from the building; that would add damage to health and life to already major material damage.



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