ATM video surveillance in itself is an industry. ATM
locations and surrounding areas make ATM machines susceptible to theft
and criminal activity if not properly protected. Installing video
surveillance, especially newer HD video security cameras can help to
protect, document and ensure ATM transactions are safe.
ATM surveillance benefits
Document confrontations and hold ups - Having security
cameras present will enhance the safety around an ATM machine, this
makes it less likely that customers will be approached by potential
criminals looking to steal their cards or cash.
Stop ATM skimming - ATM Skimming uses special devices to
document and record customer information from their bank cards by
reading magnetic stripes on the back of the bank cards. ATM security
cameras can monitor and record potential skimming operations and even
stop it before it starts.
Hidden camera prevention -Criminals have also turned to using small hidden cameras to try and steal ATM pin numbers. Security cameras installed at the ATM can help detect suspicious activity and monitor the ATM as the criminal tries to install the hidden camera.
Digital storage - HD based security recorders allow the
user to store, document and back-up video footage digitally on hard disk
drives or even servers. Long term video footage can stored for months
or years and be archived while also providing advanced search
Investigating Criminal Activity- HD surveillance cameras
can provide high detail visual evidence of crimes happening at cash
machines. The ability to quickly search through digital video footage
for exact time and dates is a smooth and painless process. Since most
ATMs are usually left unattended for long periods of time it is
important to keep archived video footage which can prove invaluable when
a possible incident is reported.
Risks of Security Cameras at Cash Machines
Camera Tampering - If a security camera is tampered with or
vandalized by a criminal, you could have video loss and not be able to
document the incident. 24-hour ATMs should take other safety precautions
to help limit the possibilities of tampering and vandalism. Physical
security guards and proper lighting help to keep incidents down to a
ATM surveillance camera configuration
When installing ATM security cameras, consider some of the following factors:
Does the ATM machine operate 24 hours a day?
Is the current ATM machine attached to a bank?
Do you currently have security guards that patrol or monitor the area?
Is the ATM machine unattended a majority of the time?
Consider the location and neighborhood where the ATM is installed. Is the area conducive to crime?
Setup advice for cash machine security camera
We suggest you install a security camera within the ATM so you may get a crystal clear image with details of all transactions.
Position and install the security camera so you may monitor
the surrounding area of the cash machine and get a comprehensive view
of possible suspect activity.
We suggest you consider using a DVR or NVR that records the
actual ATM transactions and syncs the transaction with live video
footage. This allows archived footage to be easily sorted out during
- Consider using physical contacts or alarm triggers to send
alerts to a central station or mobile phone. This will instantly notify
someone when a physical break in or vandalism is occurring.
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