Scotland’s adoption of the Intelligent Banknote Neutralisation System (IBNS)An anti-theft mechanism located in a cash container or security case that is locked with a special seal and a security key. If the security case is stolen, any attempt to open it by force (or without using the correct key) will automatically trigger the mechanism and the banknotes will immediately become recognisable as stolen and should therefore be rejected at any financial institution. More – a system that causes cashMoney in physical form such as banknotes and coins. More machines to automatically render banknotes unusable when the ATM is opened by force – has brought its fruits. Members of a three-person gang were given long prison sentences after stained Scottish banknotes were traced back to Liverpool.
The gang members used a mixture of oxygen and acetylene to break into ATMs. During their multiple attacks, they collected over £130,000. Their sentences amount to 11, 12.5 and 13 years, showing an example to other criminals that might be tempted to carry out other attacks.
IBNS has proven to be a very effective crime deterrent. In fact, countries that have adopted it into their legislation (Sweden and Belgium) have seen the numbers of attacks on ATM machines and cash-in-transport vehicles gradually decline the first years, falling to zero today.
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