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Redditch 'third worst' in the West Midlands for cashpoint robberies

Correspondent 22nd Aug, 2018

STATISTICS obtained through a Freedom of Information request show that in the last decade Redditch is the third most dangerous area to withdraw cash from in the West Midlands, writes Yixuan Wu.

The figures show the town has experienced the third largest number of thefts and robberies from cashpoint machines.

Since 2007 the number of thefts near ATMs in Redditch is 44, placing it a distant third behind Birmingham with 206 and Telford on 75.

Collectively, West Midlands, West Mercia and Warwickshire Police have dealt with the largest number of cashpoint thefts outside of London within their jurisdiction during this period.

The figures were revealed in an FOI request by the website MoneySuperMarket.

Their consumer affairs expert Kevin Pratt said: “Cash is still king as far as many criminals are concerned, and ATMs are their ideal hunting ground.

“The police data highlights the importance of being vigilant and cautious when using an ATM, even in a quiet market town where you might not expect to encounter a problem.

“Our research suggests Brits typically make 1.5 cash payments a day each, so ATMs will continue to play an important part in British life for the foreseeable future, and the crime associated with them is likely to continue.

“If someone robs your cash or steal your card, you should immediately report to the police.

“Report a stolen credit or debit card and cancel it immediately, and keep an eye out for fraudulent transactions on your account.”

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