07 April 2019
Mid Ulster DUP MLA and Policing Board member Keith Buchanan has said the PSNI must step up their focus on ATM thefts following the latest incident where a machine was taken from a shop near Dungiven.
Mr Buchanan was part of a DUP delegation which met with the PSNI’s ATM taskforce on Monday to discuss the issue.
He said, “This incident in Dungiven is the latest where a business has been severely disrupted because of the actions of a criminal gang. Whilst we were able to take some reassurance from the PSNI following our meeting, the prevalence of attacks on businesses is of real concern.
Police must ensure that adequate resources are focused on this crime which is disproportionately impacting upon rural communities. These are areas where many have already seen their local bank branch close, and ATM machines are the only source available to access their money. DUP Policing Board members will meet the Chief Constable later this week and the spate of ATM thefts is something we will raise during that meeting.
It is absolutely vital that everyone in the community plays their part. In particular, anyone with heavy construction machinery must ensure that it is properly secured. The theft of equipment used to carry out these raids has a further impact upon local business.
Anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious should also assist the police. Those engaged in these crimes must be brought to justice.”