LONDON (9/9/13)--The ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) has announced the publication of a new best-practice manual for helping the prevention of gas and explosive attacks on ATMs. Also, ATMIA has published a directory of special solutions for these attacks.
Explosive attacks against ATMs are of increasing concern worldwide and are especially prevalent in Europe. The use of explosives, mostly combustible gas and with a migration to solid explosives, is a trend for the European ATM industry.
"To combat the current rise in gas and explosive attacks in several European countries, the ATM industry and law enforcement have got together to plan a counter-strategy which is working well," said Mike Lee, CEO of ATMIA. "We commend these admirable new security best practices for mitigating the risk of this kind of attack."
ATMIA in Europe formed a special Task Force on ATM Gas and Explosive Attacks in April because of serious levels of attacks in seven European countries. The task force commissioned from its Steering Committee a set of best practices for the prevention of attacks, together with a directory of specialist solutions providers for Europe's ATM operators.
The 16-person steering committee is comprised of representatives from banks, independent ATM operators, ATM schemes and law enforcement from six countries.
The manual contains eight case studies that share insight on the industry's response to gas and explosive attacks in six European countries, Australia and Brazil. It is available for all ATMIA members to download from the global Best Practice Library.
ATMIA, established in 1997, is a non-profit global trade association with about 3,700 members in 60 countries.