Attack Log2018-11-02T14:42:56+00:00

Attack log

We know that physical attacks on ATMs are endemic in the UK – even if we do not know exactly how often such attacks take place.

The security industry can be understandably reticent to publicise news of attacks because of the concern that such candidness may encourage copycats.

Police forces have their own policies on putting information about any individual ATM attack into the public domain.

However, Lockpoint believes that simply burying information about attacks is very unlikely to make the problem go away and so we have developed methods of ensuring that we – and you – have access to news about ATM attacks as they occur.

Lockpoint’s attack data is compiled by monitoring all UK media outlets and then eliminating any duplicate coverage. Our rule of thumb is that our attack record probably only captures 50 per cent of all attacks and so the true number may be double this.

Whichever way you look at it, robbers are using physical force to steal cash from ATMs on a daily basis across the UK.

This page is updated weekly and completely refreshed on a monthly basis, when we carry an analysis on the attacks that have taken place in the previous month.

Attacks on ATMs in the UK, Jun-Sep 2018

The summer of 2018 saw nearly 150 reported ATM attacks in the UK between June and September – almost half of them ram raids.

The rate of attacks continued to edge upwards, but a striking feature of our analysis is the apparent sparsity of attacks in Scotland, for which no explanation is offered.

The frequency of gas attacks declined as a direct result of the conviction of gangs responsible for previous spates of such explosions, most notably an East Midlands gang responsible for more than 20 attacks that netted £1.5 million over a sustained period.

A Metropolitan Police report bears out Lockpoint’s contention that attacks publicised in the media represent only about half of the total number of attacks. Data from more than 30 police forces nationwide recorded just shy of 100 gas attacks last year and 212 cash-in-transit robberies.

A separate analysis suggested a slight shift towards attacks on ATMs in convenience stores. However, the source data related to 2016 and 2017 only. This suggested sharp rises in attacks in Hertfordshire and on Merseyside, although the relatively small volumes recorded suggest data may not be very reliable,

Once again, by far and away the most significant victim of all attacks was Co-operative stores – notwithstanding well-publicised systems to deter criminals. In a more direct response, East of England co-operative, a major target, reported plans to install steel bollards at several locations, against the backdrop of a petition among Co-operative staff fearful for their safety.

Brute ForceBurglariesDuressRam RaidGas Attacks
Brute ForceBurglariesDuressRam RaidGas Attacks

Attacks on ATMs in the UK, May 2018

May appears to have been a relatively quiet month for attacks on ATMs, with a total of just 15 attacks recorded in UK media during the month – around half the “normal” level.

Seven of these attacks were classed as ram raids, three as gas attacks, two each, burglary and brute force and one, duress. It should be noted that the three recorded “gas attacks” by have been malicious arson attacks using flammable liquid as three separate cash machines in Folkestone were targeted around the same time.

One possible explanation for the reduced criminal activity could be the arrest, trial and jailing for a total of 30 years of three gas attackers responsible for a major spree across Leicestershire.

An ATM attacker in Devon was also jailed, while a man was arrested for the alleged Folkestone arson attacks.

Police in Oxfordshire have promised a more focused response to ATM attacks in the area.

As the map shows, most attacks were in areas that have been targeted by ATM gangs in the past – East Midlands, East Anglia and Oxfordshire. A ram raid in Edinburgh was the first such raid to have been recorded in more than a year in the Scottish capital.