March 20, 2018

There are more than 400,000 ATMs in the United States and that number is growing. ESSA Bank & Trust has many ATMs in our community and is dedicated to keeping its customers safe at those locations.

The bank works closely with the local police department to prevent criminal activity around local ATMs. In addition, the bank has taken preventative measures to enhance consumer safety including installation of surveillance cameras, increased lighting and withdrawal limits.

ESSA takes a number of precautions to ensure that its customers have a safe environment, but there is no substitute for good, cautious behavior on the part of the customer.

ESSA recommends that customers follow these eight safety tips when using any ATM:

  1. Keep your PIN number a secret. Never write it down or share it with anyone – not even family members.
  2. Be aware of your surroundings, particularly at night. Make sure the ATM is free of sight obstructions. If you observe suspicious persons or circumstances, do not use the machine.
  3. Bring someone with you when using an ATM at night. If you can’t, use an ATM that is located in a public area like a convenience or grocery store.
  4. Have your ATM card ready and in your hand as you approach the ATM.
  5. Use your body to “shield” the ATM keyboard as you enter your PIN.
  6. Always take your receipts or transaction records with you.
  7. Do not count or visually display any money you received from the ATM. Immediately put your money into your pocket or purse and count it later.
  8. If you are using a drive-up ATM, be sure passenger windows are rolled up and all doors are locked. If you leave your car and walk to the ATM, lock your car.

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