Safety at the ATM and when to use a law firm to make a claim for compensation
Standing at the ATM you are more vulnerable with your money than at any other time. When you are stood at an ATM it is a fair assumption that you will be taking money out, that you will have your wallet in your hand and that you will be distracted. This is why the ATM is a prime spot for thieves and muggers, who can then attack you without risking that you won’t have any cash on you. Some muggers will even make you empty your account if they can, to get all that you have. There are a few things you can do at the ATM to make yourself less of a target and here are some of them.
- Hide your PIN. If there is anyone waiting behind you, remember that they could easily see your pin if you are not careful about hiding it. Cover your hand putting your pin into the machine, or block the pin pad with your body so that only you can see it.
- Take your ATM receipt. If you have asked for a receipt then make sure you wait and take it with you. Leaving your receipt in the machine could give a potential thief important information about your account.
- Don’t count your cash at the ATM. Try to avoid standing at the ATM counting out your cash or separating notes out. This just makes you more of a target for a potential mugger.
- Know when to avoid a machine. Try not to use an ATM which is in a bad location, hidden from the road or in a dimly lit area. If you cannot find a machine that looks safe, then don’t use one at all.
Finding a good law firm in Barnet
If you have been injured in an attack, you can use a law firm in Barnet to help you to make a compensation claim against your attacker. A law firm in Barnet will help you to make a better claim as they know the law better than you, and will be able to work with you to help you to put together a claim which is more likely to be successful.
If you can’t find a law firm in Barnet that you are happy with, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile instead. The helpline will be able to provide you with advice and support to help you make a claim and find out more about the claims process. They will also be able to team you with an experienced and professional in-house personal injury lawyer to make a start on your claim.