Exposing the increasing lack of security in ATMs, a gang of burglars pulled out a machine from its holder, loaded it in a minivan and fled in the early hours of Sunday. The theft took place at Bhajanpura in northeast Delhi.
Locals said the door of the State Bank of India ATM located at Gangotri Vihar Road did not have a locking mechanism. They added that this was the only ATM in the area that did not have a guard.
The burglars had pulled out the wires of the ATM machine because of which its self-locking mechanism did not get activated. According to experts, all ATM machines have a self-locking mechanism which gets activated upon any attempt to break the system. It can only be opened by a trained professional.
Police said they have CCTV footage from an adjacent shop which shows 5-6 men backing up their vehicle near the ATM. Around 2.35am, they were seen placing the machine in the vehicle. The machine had around Rs 7.8 lakh in it, police said. They added that they will approach the bank to verify the amount.
“The machine was installed three years ago. There has been no camera or guard in the kiosk since,” said Shekhar, a resident. Locals said there is a watchman in the area but he must have been asleep. Earlier, Delhi Police issued a circular to all banks to ensure the security of their ATMs.