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Some ideas on how to make an ATM machine a bad target to steal

In Greece there is some times (especially in more rural places) stealing of ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) from banks using “borrowed” bulldozers to bring down walls holding it etc. Obviously the crooks take the machine with them to open it up later on at a safer place. I was thinking the other day, that some easy and cheap to implement measures could be taken by banks to defeat this practice.

An ATM machine could:

  1. contain a paint bomb internally to mark all money in it if stolen and opened with no password
  2. …the paint bomb could be even triggered via SMS (have to be hacker proof though to avoid mass scale cyber attacks invalidating money on ATMs)
  3. …the paint bomb could be triggered automatically if the ATM moves away from the building (e.g. if the shield of the cable connecting it to bank’s internal machines or some secure optical link is cut-off)
  4. contain a GPS tracking device (allowing remote tracking of it on a map)
  5. contain an internal battery with a very loud alarm
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