Elderly targeted at cash machines (Leicestershire Police)

Officers are warning elderly residents to be vigilant when withdrawing money from cash machines.

It follows a small number of thefts from victims who have typically been approached mid-transaction and distracted or pushed to one side.

The victim’s account has then had the maximum withdrawal taken in some cases.

Officers are investigating the incidents but are issuing the following advice:

Be aware of people standing too close or trying to distract you while using the machine
If someone is too close to you, get your card out without withdrawing any money and walk away.
If possible use a cash machine located inside a bank’s premises
Report suspicious activity to the police on 101