Banks are increasingly removing their ATMs from Dutch streets due to ATM bombings. People living around ATMs fear for their safety. ING bank alone closed 170 out of its total 508 ATMs in the last two years, the Telegraaf reports.
The municipality of Amsterdam plans to put an end to the rapidly increasing number of ATMs belonging to American company Euronet. These ATMs are mainly aimed at foreign tourists, and are more expensive to use than Dutch banks' ATMs as Euronet charges a hefty fee per cash withdrawal and uses unfavorable exchange rates, NOS reports.
In the space of a few years, dozens of these Euronet ATMs have popped up in shops in the Amsterdam city center. It must be noted that people with a Dutch bank card can use Euronet machines for free, according to the broadcaster.
The Ministry of Defense's explosive disposal team removed an explosive from an ATM on Delflandplein in Amsterdam on Sunday, following a failed ATM bombing early on Sunday morning. The explosive in question had not detonated, NU.nl reports.
The three major Dutch banks - ING, Rabobank and ABN Amro - have decided they do not each need their own ATMs and will therefore jointly launch a new uniform, bank-independent ATM brand. The new, yellow cash dispensers will be called 'Geldmaat' and will start appearing next year, NOS reports.
Rabobank is closing its ATMs in dozens of places overnight in an effort to reduce the number of ATM bombings. The machines will be closed and locked with shutters and steel plates, Financieele Dagblad reports.
The bank hopes to increase the safety around the ATMs, because blowing one open can go "horribly wrong", a spokesperson said, according to the newspaper. "You shouldn't even think about criminals blowing up an ATM with apartments above it, and accidentally using too much explosives", the spokesperson said.
Europol's European Cybercrime Center arrested a total of 27 people suspected of using laptops to instruct ATMs to dispense money, the European policing agency announced in a statement. Two of the suspects are from the Netherlands. Others come from the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Romania, Spain and Norway.
The arrests were made in 2016 and 2017, with the latest one happening in Spain last month. Europol, working with a total of 20 countries, launched an investigation into this so-called ATM Black Box phenomenon when it first started appearing in Western Europe in 2015.
Dutch bank Rabobank is hiring security people to stand guard at ATMs at night in an effort to reduce the number of ATM bombings, AD reports. The guards will mainly be placed at ATMs located near apartment complexes and in quiet areas. ATMs that don't get a guard will have extra surveillance and patrols from security companies. For security reasons, the bank would not tell AD how many guards wil be deployed.
About a dozen homes were evacuated in Doetinchem, Gelderland on Monday morning after burglars used heavy explosives to steal from a Rabobank cash machine. Plumes of smoke hung over the city after the blast, with witnesses first calling emergency services around 4:10 a.m., police said in a statement.
More explosives were found at the scene by a bomb disposal unit, prompting emergency teams to evacuate the area as a precaution. The explosive material was later detonated at another location.
A number of people in Bemmel could not believe their luck when the ATM in the Jumbo supermarket started giving out 50 euro notes instead of 20 euro notes. But that luck has run out. Everyone who got too much money from the ATM has to pay it back in two weeks, or Jumbo will press charges
Police in Rotterdam arrested five men after a search of a residence on Tuesday turned up a Kalashnikov rifle and a heavy-caliber handgun. Investigators were acting on a tip when they raided the home, and were surprised to find a significant number of bank card skimming devices, along with gloves and tie-rips, the police said in a statement.
A number of suspects escaped the police after attempting to bomb an ATM on John F. Kennedyplein in Purmerend on Monday morning.
An ATM bombing at the Ede-Wageningen train station brought railway traffic to a standstill early on Wednesday morning. Two possibly dangerous gas cylinders were found close to the ATM. The restrictions were lifted when authorities determined that the area was safe.
After months of negotiations and actions, the money transport company Brink's and labour unions have come to an agreement on a social plan for the 650 employees losing their jobs. Brink's' staff protested by striking several times leaving many ATMs empty on different occasions.
The employees of the money transporter company Brink's could go on strike in the next few days, union representatives said. It could include the refusal to fill certain cash machines, unions CNV and FNV told Omroep Brabant.
Union CNV Vakmensen announced this morning that the Brinks Nederland strike has come to an end and that the money transporter's employees will start working again. Hundreds of Rabobank ATM's and dozens of ABN Amro and SNS Bank ATM's are empty due to the strike.
The court in Utrecht ruled today that the Brinks Nederland employee strike may continue at this time.
A number of consumers plan to withdraw extra money from ATM's because of the strike by workers of money transporters Brinks.
According to CNV Vakmensen, money transport company Brinks has not responded on an ultimatum from the unions. Actions will start on Saturday and ATM's will not be refilled by Brinks employees, says CNV director Peter de Ridder.
The government and the RegioBank will join forces to maintain ATMs and other banking services in sparsely populated regions.
An ATM was bombed in Leidsewallen station in Zoetermeer on Tuesday morning, omroepwest.nl reports. No cash was stolen in the incident.
An explosive robbery attempt on an ATM machine from ING took place in Joure on Monday night. Police shot at the suspects, who may have been wounded.
Thieves attempted to rob an ATM from ING on the Grietsestraat in Zevenaar with explosives Friday morning. As this failed, the culprits rammed the building with a car, leaving the bank with a lot of damage, Omroep Gelderland reports.
The first Bitcoin ATM in the Netherlands is located in the 'Eten bij Werelds' restaurant in The Hague, a participant in the Bitcoin Boulevard.