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Staining the crime

Categories : Cash is efficient
August 18, 2016
Tags : ATM, Banknote/Note, Currency
The adoption of the Intelligent Banknote Neutralisation System (IBNS) once again proves its effectiveness in fighting criminality.
Communication Team / Equipo de Comunicación

Scotland’s adoption of the Intelligent Banknote Neutralisation System (IBNS) – a system that causes cash 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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