New advertising campaign in Cheltenham launched by Gloucestershire Police urging public to cover their pin
2:00pm Sunday 22nd September 2013 in News
CHELTENHAM residents stepping up to a cash machine this weekend will spot a very important message.
Following a series of fraud offences committed at Cheltenham’s ATMs Gloucestershire Police are launching a campaign urging the public to cover their PIN.
As part of the campaign advertising has been popping up all over the town and there is still more to come.
PC Annabel Brittain said: “It's quite simple. If you cover your PIN thieves can't use it to take your money. Over recent months we’ve been working with the local media and hitting our Twitter and Facebook pages to warn the public about fraudulent devices being used at cash points in Cheltenham to steal your hard earned cash but unfortunately some people still haven't got the message, hopefully this will help spread the word.
“We’ve also being doing all we can to catch those responsible and we have already had a number of successful prosecutions but sadly the crimes have continued.
“Thankfully there is something the Cheltenham community can do to help us stop these crimes and that’s protecting your PIN.”
The thieves are believed to operate by using one device that reads or steals your card and another above the key pad that records you entering your PIN.
“If we are all careful to hide our PIN with one hand when at shop check-outs as well as cash-points then it won't be worth their while coming to Gloucestershire to commit their crimes,” added PC Brittain.