Columbus residents think twice after woman is robbed at ATM

by Olivia LaBorde

A Columbus woman is safe after police say she was robbed of $200 at an ATM. It happened Wednesday night on Airport Thruway near the interstate. Reports say the 26-year-old wasn't injured. But this incident has other young woman in our area thinking about their safety at the ATM.

Statistics show that most ATM robberies happen between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m. Kenslea Young admits, “When I need money I just go to the ATM. I just don't think it'll happen to me”

Shequille Wilson tells NBC 38 she just doesn't take the chance. ” I just get the money earlier in the day.” It takes some planning but experts agree and say that if you know ahead of time that you're going out at night; you should try to get the cash you need during the day. This could be a safer plan getting cash on the way to the event.

If you have to get the cash at night, go to a 24 hour store that is open and well lit. Even though you may have to pay extra fees, authorities say it's worth it.

When you're at the ATM, authorities also urge you to pay attention to your surroundings. If anything feels strange, leave. And if someone else is using the ATM, stay in your car until they are finished. And, once you're at the machine be prepared, don't rummage around in your purse.

Finally, ask yourself whether you really need the cash or not.

Reports say the suspect in the ATM robbery was driving a PT Cruiser with Tennessee license plates.