LOCKPOINT – the UK leader in protecting the country’s cash points (ATMs) from armed robbery – announces today that its Gryphon anti-duress system has passed crucial tests that show it will withstand an attack with explosives.
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The highly sophisticated Gryphon ATM-protection system has already helped to achieve a dramatic reduction in armed robberies. Now – as criminals turn to other methods of violent robbery – it has been shown to withstand an attack in which criminals ignite explosive gases pumped into the cash point.
The carefully modelled explosion-testing was carried out for Lockpoint by GexCon UK Ltd, a world leader in explosion and fire safety testing.
The testing followed a number of criminal explosive attacks on cash machines in the UK. Lockpoint had noted that only one machine that had been attacked in this way was protected by a Gryphon 2 – and that was the only machine that was not destroyed and from which no cash was consequently taken. Lockpoint made slight modifications to a Gryphon 2 and submitted it for testing. This testing was designed to confirm that the incident was not a “one-off” but actually demonstrated that the Gryphon 2 would protect all ATMs from such attacks*.
The GexCon test programme concluded that even in the “worst case scenario”, in which the ATM itself was very severely damaged in an explosive attack, the Gryphon 2’s steel doors would remain shut – and the cash inside would be safe.
GexCon’s work consisted of a Finite Element structural response study on the modified Gryphon 2, which was subjected to blast loading from an internal gas explosion.
GexCon’s report states: “Non-linear fast transient dynamic structural finite element analyses were run, based on the overpressure loads obtained from the explosion simulations. Blast loads were predicted using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analyses using the internationally validated and accepted FLACS explosion modelling code.”
The report concludes that, even though a severe explosion might displace some of the Gryphon 2’s components, its locks would not fail. “For the worst case blast scenario considered, the doors remain closed,” it states.
The Gryphon comprises a set of four interlocking steel doors connected by a sophisticated electronic locking system that ensures that no more than one door – accessing one of four cash drawers — can ever be open at the same time. This “wall of steel” can be retro-fitted to any ATM without compromising the manufacturer’s integrity, at a unit cost of about £2,000.
Lockpoint developed the Gryphon at its base in North Shields, near Newcastle, and it is now fitted to a significant proportion of all cash points across the UK, with major banks and cash machine manufacturers among customers and end-users.
The Gryphon is manufactured entirely in North East England, with Gateshead-based Responsive Engineering Ltd responsible for the manufacture and assembly, and contract manufacturer Opsol UK building the electronic circuitry in Cramlington, Northumberland.
Lockpoint Chief Executive Bill Price today welcomed the news of the Gryphon 2’s successful explosion testing. “The criminal world is always looking for new ways to deprive law-abiding citizens and businesses of their cash, and the use of explosive gases in raids on ATMs has been a particularly worrying development – not least because of the danger such attacks pose to the general public.
“However, we at Lockpoint strongly believed that that the Gryphon provided the perfect defence to such attacks. The tests carried out by GexCon now confirm that we were correct and that the owners of ATMs fitted with a Gryphon 2 can now be secure in the knowledge that their cash will be safe.
“We have now called the test model, which had only slight modifications, the Gryphon 2G and we are contacting owners of Gryphon 2s proposing a modification to the Gryphon 2G specification proposing to them a limited period upgrade, on site, at a cost of about £300.
Among the first clients to choose the Gryphon in the UK was Tesco, which, since 2010, installed the device on a majority of its 3,000 ATMs at stores nationwide. The supermarket giant had been motivated by concern at the growth in attacks on cash-in-transit providers, which also put its own staff and customers at risk.
The industry journal, Professional Security magazine, noted that, in the first year of the Gryphon’s operation, attacks on Tesco ATMs fell by 64 per cent; its cash losses dropped by 90 per cent; and those of the cash-in-transit company, G4S, fell by 92 per cent. Injuries to G4S staff were also down 83 per cent.
Lockpoint estimates that about 80 per cent of all the nation’s ATMs are still unprotected by the Gryphon, which is the only device that makes ATM robbery so difficult that it is increasingly less attractive to robbers.
Operations Director Colin Doyle said: “The Gryphon has already been proven to resist attacks by drills, grinders and oxyacetylene torches. Now we know that it can also withstand attacks by gangs using explosives, so we can ensure that our customers will always remain one step ahead of the criminal.”
* The GexCon simulation was model-specific: precise results would vary in line with the ATM to which the Gryphon 2 is fitted – some older models may not withstand such attacks.
Issued for Lockpoint by Gravity Consulting. For further information, contact Stan Abbott 0191 383 2838; 07815 777256.
Notes to Editors
1) Lockpoint is a trading name of Cedardell Ltd.
2) Lockpoint provides 24-hour customer support for the Gryphon, 364 days a year.
3) The Gryphon can be retro-fitted to both hole-in-the-wall and free-standing cash machines.
4) Explosive attacks on ATMs represent a worrying new trend for the banking and security industry, with such attacks known to have caused deaths in some countries. One such attack, in the UK, was caught on CCTV and can be viewed at www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-22000606. This machine was not protected by the Gryphon.
5) Lockpoint currently employs approximately 15 people from its headquarters at Orion Business Park, North Shields.
6) Team Valley-based Responsive Engineering Ltd is part of the Reece Group. Its recent projects have included a seven-figure contract for constructing a major architectural feature at the recently-renovated Greenwich Maritime Museum.
7) Opsol UK, a contract manufacturing company employing 25 people in Cramlington, specialises in the design and automated assembly of printed circuit boards, which it supplies to a variety of market sectors.