Thieves and vandals have attacked at least 16 cash machines across South Yorkshire so far this year, it has been revealed.
Criminals have attempted to blow machines open, rip them from walls or jemmy the dispenser open to get their hands on the cash inside.
Police last month told how 92 cash machines had been attacked in Yorkshire and Humberside so far this year, with thieves using ‘increasingly dangerous’ tactics, and they asked the public to be their ‘eyes and ears’.
A Freedom of Information request shows at least 16 machines have been targeted in South Yorkshire since the start of 2018, though that number includes arson and vandalism.
The full list of incidents during 2018 disclosed by South Yorkshire Police is:
Rotherham – arson
Darnall, Sheffield – smashed cash machine
Barnsley – offenders used gas to make explosion in attempt to steal cash
Doncaster – criminal damage to get money from machine
Rotherham – criminal damage
Barnsley – damage to card slot
Southey, Sheffield – thieves jemmied open cash drawer whilst money was being dispensed, stealing cash and damaging the machine
Doncaster – arson and criminal damage
Rotherham – ATM attacked causing damage
Nether Edge and Sharrow, Sheffield - offender punched cash machine as he did not have enough money
Doncaster – attempted to steal cash machine by tying rope around and driving off. Failed to remove machine from forecourt
Beauchief and Greenhill, Sheffield – instrument used to damage cash machine
East Ecclesfield, Sheffield – stone thrown at ATM, damaging computer
Doncaster – damage to ATM
Broomhill and Sharrow Vale – damage caused to cash machine
Barnsley – chewing gum shoved into card reader, causing irreparable damage
South Yorkshire Police recorded seven attacks on cash machines last year, just one in 2016 and seven during 2015.
In two incidents during 2015, a stolen JCB was used to ram into a building and rip out the cash machine.
Last year, thieves drilled holes into an ATM in Broomhill to get at the cash, and in another incident attached a strap to a machine and tried unsuccessfully to rip it loose using a vehicle.
Police, who said the tactics being used are so dangerous they are amazed no one has yet been killed or seriously injured, have asked people to report any suspicious activity.