Bitter pill for many of the customers Sparkasse in North Rhine-Westphalia. Because once again the bank sees itself forced to discontinue part of its service.
the savings bank in NRW However, she did not make her decision alone – instead she follows a recommendation from the State Criminal Police Office.
Sparkasse in NRW: Strong development
Almost every second night there is a bang in NRW. According to the State Criminal Police Office (LKA), criminals blew up a total of 104 ATMs from savings banks or banks in the first half of 2022.
The savings bank is also repeatedly targeted by criminals.
Why are so many ATMs blown up in NRW?
- Large selection: According to the LKA, there are 11,000 built-in ATMs
- Near the border to the Netherlands: LKA has identified predominantly Moroccan-Dutch criminals as perpetrators
- Authorities speak of a circle of around 500 to 700 people
- They are said to come across the border with stolen cars and drive extremely recklessly
- The NRW police have set up an investigative commission (“EK Heat”) in cooperation with the Dutch authorities
- In recent years, EK Heat has been able to arrest 161 suspects
Wild chase after savings bank blast in the Ruhr area
It was only in May that a shooting broke out in the Ruhr area after an explosion in a savings bank in Castrop-Rauxel (more here). The officials were able to report a success after an explosion at Centro Oberhausen (all about it here).
In order to protect itself and others from incidents like these, the Sparkasse now wants to dismantle some machines in NRW.
Sparkasse in NRW draws consequences
The Sparkasse in NRW had previously asked the police to identify particularly endangered locations. The main issue was where the machines are mounted. In the case of apartment buildings, residents have become nervous due to the many explosions in the recent past.
The Sparkasse Hilden-Ratingen-Velbert has now reacted to a recommendation from the police despite various preventive measures. From October 4th, five self-service branches will be completely closed.
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“We had to balance the need for cash supply with security at the locations involved. Police say the risk of renewed or new attacks remains. We can no longer and do not want to take this risk. The safety of customers and residents is definitely our top priority,” said Udo Zimmermann, CEO of Sparkasse HRV.
Other topics relating to the Sparkasse in NRW:
In Ratingen, for example, the Bahnstraße and Breitscheid locations are affected.
Customers now have to use the main branch in Ratingen or the branch in Lintorf. Alternatively, you can always go to the supermarket to withdraw money.