Germany simply cannot get this problem under control: waves of ATM demolitions repeatedly shake the Federal Republic. The Lower Rhine is particularly hard hit and with it the Sparkasse in NRW.
The proximity to the Netherlands, where the base of many explosives gangs is suspected, means that there are particularly many cases of ATM demolitions in the region. This also has consequences for customers. The Sparkasse in NRW has now taken a hard step at one location.
Sparkasse in NRW: ATM blocked
Monitoring systems, coloring systems, gas neutralization systems – a lot has been tried, nothing has helped. The demolition gangs continue to blow up countless ATMs to get the bills inside. Expensive for banks, annoying for customers and dangerous for residents.
The gangs come particularly often from the Netherlands. Because arrival and escape routes are particularly short, it hits the Lower Rhine particularly often. The Dutch have already supplanted the gangs with successful prevention concepts, as have Belgium and France. The bangs in Germany are all the more frequent and increasingly violent.
Branch predestined for a gang action
In Haldern, a town on the Lower Rhine, the Sparkasse in North Rhine-Westphalia is now going to extremes: it blocks its machines completely. Ludger Braam, CEO of Sparkasse Rhein-Maas, confirms this to DER WESTEN and explains: “After a wave of explosions in the left bank of the Rhine in the district of Kleve and the accidental simultaneous update of a situation assessment by the police authorities, we decided to take this step in this location. “
“The decisive factor here was an identical risk assessment by the police and savings bank: the ATM is difficult to see from the outside, is located directly on an arterial road and is located in a residential and commercial building,” says the savings bank. She refers customers to the branch in Rees-Markt, which is eleven minutes’ drive away, or to the possibility of withdrawing money at supermarket checkouts.
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“We have had to accept that the perpetrators are becoming more and more ruthless and, in addition to high property damage, they also accept the injury of people – whether passers-by or residents – with their explosions,” Braam told DER WESTEN. Bad for the customers of the Sparkasse in NRW, who would show understanding. And: Haldern, not far from the Dutch border, should remain an exception.