ATMs in the Netherlands will remain closed at night for at least another year in an effort to prevent criminals trying to blow them open to get at the cash inside, the Dutch association of banks NVB announced on Thursday. It will take at least that long for all cash machines to be equipped with the technology that automatically destroys cash in the event of an ATM bombing, the association said.
An explosive device found on an ATM in Amsterdam prompted a heavy overnight response from police in the capital city. Two suspects were at large, and the unexploded ordinance was detonated in an isolated area without incident.
It is the first known incident of an explosive found or used at an Amsterdam cash machine since the machines were largely shutdown overnight. This measure was meant to prevent thieves from using explosives and combustible gas as a method for breaking the machines open and stealing the cash inside.
The police arrested a 16-year-old boy from Hoofddorp for involvement in a stabbing in which a 64-year-old man died on Monday. The man was attacked while he and his wife were withdrawing cash from an ATM at the Toolenburg shopping center in Hoofddorp.
The stabbing happened shortly after 9:00 p.m. Attempts to resuscitate the victim were to no avail. He died at the scene.
With ABN Amro closing a large number of their ATM's due to ATM bombings, thieves will very likely start targeting ATMs from other banks. "Experience shows that criminals will almost certainly do that", Jos van der Stap, national coordinator for robbery at the police, said to NU.nl.
ABN Amro decided to shut down a few dozen of its ATMs after a series of bombings. The bank knows that this may be annoying for some customers whose regular ATM will suddenly be unavailable, but the measure is taken with the safety of customers in mind, a spokesperson for ABN Amro said to NOS.
An ATM bombing on Haarlemmermeerstraat in Amsterdam on Tuesday morning left the entire neighborhood shaken. One sleeping resident was injured when their window shattered due to the blast. "It really sounded like a bomb that went off", another frightened local said to AT5.
An ATM bombing on Dorpstraat in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel caused major damage to the town center on Friday morning. Due to investigation, cleanup and repairs, the town center will be closed down to the public for most of the day, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter.
An ATM on Postjesweg in Amsterdam was blown open early on Wednesday morning. Photos from the scene show that the blast caused major damage. The police and the Ministry of Defense's explosive experts are at the scene.
The ATM bombing happened at around 3:30 a.m. on the corner of Postjesweg and Columbusstraat. Photos from the scene show that part of the building's facade was blown off. The adjacent pet shop also sustained damage. And local residents report their windows shattering, according to NOS.
An ABN Amro ATM on Gildeplein in Purmerend was blown open early on Thursday morning. A few hours after the ATM bombing, emergency services discovered a suspicious object they think may be an explosive that hasn't detonated. The Ministry of Defense's explosives clearance service is at the scene, the police said in a statement.
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.