Banks to arm ATMs with ink bombs

Banks to arm ATMs with ink bombs
Once installed, the dye pack would be triggered when someone tries to break into the ATM.

PETALING JAYA - Thieves who rob automated teller machines will be left with worthless pieces of paper if a Bank Negara proposal is put into place. Dye bombs are to be placed in the ATMs and if anyone tampers with the machines, the "bomb" goes off, leaving the notes stained in red and easily recognisable as stolen money.

Bank Negara, in its guidelines on Dye-Stained Banknotes dated Aug 26, is calling on both banks and Cash in Transit Companies to consider using the currency protection device (CPD) to deter ATM theft.

Local security company Extro Code Sdn Bhd demonstrated yesterday a CPD or dye pack which is already available in the market.

Its technical director Mohd Zaki Sulaiman said that once installed, the dye pack would be triggered when someone tries to break into the ATM.

"The device is like a smoke bomb which releases the ink onto the stacks of banknotes in the ATM," he said.

Mohd Zaki said there's no actual explosion but there is some heat when the CPD is triggered.

"The actual triggering mechanism is a trade secret," he added.

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