Theft of ATM fails to pay off in Vietnam capital

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An ATM moved for police investigation after thieves removed it from its booth in Hanoi on January 10 / PHOTO COURTESY OF TUOI TRE

A group of thieves managed to remove a Maritime Bank automated teller machine (ATM) from its booth in Hanoi on Friday.

The machine was discovered wrapped in many cable wires about 10 meters from its location on Giang Vo Street, Dong Da District at around 5 a.m.

No cash had been extracted from the ATM's safe, according to a press release by Maritime Bank.

Initial findings from police said that the group of thieves tied cable wires around the ATM and hauled it away with a motorized vehicle.

However, a vibration sensor was activated when the machine was taken from its booth, triggering an alarm and prompting the thieves to flee.

Police are now investigating, the bank said in the statement.

Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper quoted a representative of the State Bank of Vietnam as saying that local banks meet all ATM security requirements, such as being equipped with surveillance cameras.

The unnamed official said that last year saw a couple of cases in which thieves attempted to break into ATMs, but none were able get any cash.

Similar incidents have been reported in several other countries worldwide, he said. 

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