Following several reports we have had from the public regarding intimidation at ATMs in and around the Coventry area, we were interested to know whether West Midlands Police have noticed a rise in these types of incidents?
We have heard about people standing to close to those trying to withdraw at ATMs or even incidents that may have been more than intimidation (stealing cash, card and or pin numbers) in the areas of Earlsdon and at the ASDA in Jubilee Crescent in Coventry.
We would be really grateful for the information on these sorts of reports on whether West Midlands Police have seen a rise in this time of intimidation/crime in the form of a statement and also any facts and figures you may have on this.
Please find attached our response. The request does not ask for timescales so we have searched for offences in Coventry with a special interest marker ‘ATM’ (Incident (usually robbery or theft) at or near an ATM) from 1st January 2015 onwards. Please note this may include incidents where a member of the public has forgotten to take their money from the ATM.
Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.
Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.
The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.