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The prevention of crime is the primary goal of the Eagle County Sheriff's Office. Toward that end, we think it is important to provide citizens with safety tips and information so that they, too, can take a stand against crime. This section provides information for businesses and individuals. To obtain additional information, or to schedule a presentation for your business or organization, please contact the Eagle County Sheriff's Office.
Approaching the ATM
- At a drive-up ATM, keep all windows closed, except the one you are using, and all vehicle doors locked. Keep the vehicle running and be watchful of the vehicle's front, rear and sides. If someone approaches your vehicle on foot, cancel the transaction and leave.
- If you drive to an ATM and then exit your vehicle to use the ATM, lock all the vehicle doors after you exit it. Then, keep your keys handy so you can re-enter your vehicle quickly after completing your transaction.
- Never approach an ATM if the lights at the site are not working.
- Avoid using ATM's with obscuring bushes around them (where people can hide), again, particularly after dark.
Using the ATM
- When waiting in line to use the ATM, wait well behind the person(s) ahead of you and do not approach the ATM until they complete their transaction.
- Protect your Personal Identification Number (PIN). Memorize your PIN. Do not write your PIN on your ATM card or carry your PIN in your wallet or purse.
- When using an ATM, stand directly in front of the keyboard, blocking the view of others. Do not enter your PIN if anyone else can see the screen.
- Never accept offers of assistance with the ATM from strangers. If you are having problems, contact your financial institution.
- When your ATM transaction is completed, immediately take your property - card, receipt, money, etc. - put them in your pocket, wallet or purse and leave immediately.
- Never stand and count your money. You can count it later. If your transaction is inaccurate, you cannot discuss it with the machine. Thus, there is no need to count your money at the ATM and risk exposing yourself to a would-be criminal.
- ATM robberies often occur after the patron has completed their transaction. Always have your head up and be aware of your surroundings when you leave the ATM. If you feel or sense someone is following you, walk or drive to the nearest open business or where there are a lot of people and call the police.