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Switzerland suffers cash machine crime wave

National News // By Tay Kinnear // March 20, 2019

Switzerland is fighting a sustained crime wave against cash machines. 

Pixabay Switzerland suffers cash machine crime wave

Only this week an ATM was blown up in canton Geneva. Although the thieves got away with nothing that time – it's the latest in a string of attacks.

Canton Ticino is the worst affected – especially for machines close to the Italian border.

Over the past few months, there’s been an attack on a cash machine every three weeks on average.

Sometimes the haul can be impressive. In November a bank in Coldrerio in Ticino lost CHF 400,000 when a fully stocked machine was ripped out of the wall. It was in Italy before the police could react.

Several other machines have been robbed since.

Experts say the rise is due to higher sentences for armed robbery – so attacking ATMs is less risky. There are calls for more border guards as many crossings are unmanned overnight.

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