S32 ATM gas attack security solutions

  • 24 Nov 2017
  • Security and arson prevention

In a gas attack on an ATM, a compressed gas, usually bottled Oxyacetylene, is injected into the ATM and ignited. The number of gas attacks has grown every year with petrol stations, supermarkets and bank branches suffering the largest share of attacks.

Crimes involving convenience ATMs are typified by hold-up and so-called ‘rip-outs’. This document addresses another criminal method known as ‘gas attack’ where the target is typically, but not exclusively, a through-the-wall ATM rather than one of the smaller, lower capacity ‘stand-alone’ or ‘freestanding’ ATMs found inside business premises. Through-the-wall ATMs are subject to a wide range of other forms of physical attack aimed at gaining access to the contents or removing the machine from site.