Take care at ATMs

A local resident writes about an experience a few days ago with Santander’s ATM cash machine.

I was enjoying yesterday afternoon in Norbury when my wife noticed at the Santander cash points a cash trapping device on top of the cash point.

It’s basically a system (commonly used in France by Roms sadly), which puts a block in front of the cash dispenser, so whenever you type in your code, the cash doesn’t get out, because it’s stuck to some kind of glue.

Because of course, your card gets out of the cash point, so you just think that machine didn’t work correctly and you move on. The criminal then gets his small glue device out and goes away with your cash. The big issue with this, is that it’s very hard to prove to your bank.

Therefore, the small gang installed in Norbury right now is taking out cash from customers.

We have notified MET and Santander about it. However, another lady while the police was around said the same thing happened at the Barclays. Meaning, well – that some people are taking the ward’s citizen hard earned cash !

I guess the best way as we cannot put a policeman (I would love to ) behind each cash point, is to be able to spot these:

A cash trapping device is not that easy to spot as it covers the cash dispenser.. as you can see on this picture.


Oh on the particular one on Santander, the police were called and they came (after 35 minutes) to take care of this. Santander said it would take them 2 days to do anything about it.. oh well.

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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