Interviewing Former Crooks – a New Criminological Study on ATM Security

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, SIOUX FALLS, SD, USA, - ATMIA today released a new research report by a leading UK criminologist on what former ATM criminals think when they target ATMs. The study, entitled “Offences Involving ATMs: Insights into how Offenders see ATMs as Targets” shares the results of interviews with eight ATM offenders, six of whom were involved in some sort of physical attack on the ATM, while two used the ATM as a facilitator of crime. The aim of the research was to highlight their thinking processes as to why ATMs were targeted and their insights on any security measures they may have encountered.

“They say news travels fast in prison,” Mike Lee, CEO of ATMIA, commented. “As an industry we need to share intelligence and data on a global basis and to get smarter in understanding how criminals target our ATMs so we can more effectively combat their specific methods of attack.”

The interviews were conducted during the second quarter on behalf of ATMIA by Professor Martin Gill, a multiple award-winning criminologist, and his team of researchers of Perpetuity Research. They spoke with eight former ATM criminals, whose methods of attack varied. The industry can use the insights to relook at our current security solutions.

The results were shared at ATMIA’s 18th annual security conference which took place on 12-13 June in London.

This unique criminological report is now available for purchase and download. Simply click here to order your copy today. It will give your company important insights into the minds and thinking of ATM criminals.  ATMIA Members receive member pricing  for the report of $125 USD – Click here!


ATMIA is the leading non-profit trade association representing the entire global ATM industry. ATMIA serves over 10,000 members from over 650 participating companies in 65 countries spanning the whole ATM ecosphere, including financial institutions, independent ATM deployers, equipment manufacturers, processors and a plethora of ATM service and value-added solution providers. ATMIA provides education, advocacy and connections to help its members keep abreast of industry news and developments; increase knowledge and professionalism; improve operational efficiencies; understand and influence regulatory processes; participate in the local, regional and global ATM community; and forge new relationships to advance their businesses. Founded in 1997, ATMIA has active chapters in the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Asia, Africa, India and the Middle East focusing on the unique needs and issues of each region. For more information, please visit Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter or YouTube.

About Perpetuity Research

Perpetuity Research is a leading research company with wide expertise in both quantitative and qualitative approaches. The company has been extensively involved in evaluating ‘what works’ (and what does not). Its work has involved helping clients to understand people’s behaviours, perceptions and levels of awareness and in identifying important trends. The following individuals contributed to the report:

•        Professor Martin Gill: Director of Perpetuity Research

•        Charlotte Howell: Research Manager, Perpetuity Research

•        Josephine Ramm: Researcher, Perpetuity Research

•        Caitlyn McGeer: Researcher, Perpetuity Research

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