Malaysia ATMs may carry anti-theft dye bombs
THIEVES who break into automated teller machines (ATMs) will be left with worthless pieces of paper if a Bank Negara proposal is put into place.
Dye bombs are to be placed in the ATMs. If anyone tampers with the machines, the "bomb" goes off, leaving the notes stained red and easily recognisable as stolen money.
Bank Negara, in its guidelines on dye-stained banknotes dated Aug 26, is calling on both banks and cash-in-transit companies to consider using the currency-protection device (CPD) to deter ATM theft.
Local security firm Extro Code demonstrated on Wednesday a dye pack which is already available on the market. Technical director Mohd Zaki Sulaiman said that, once installed, the dye pack would be triggered when someone tries to break into the ATM.
"The device is like a smoke bomb which releases the ink onto the stacks of banknotes in the ATM," he said.
Mr Mohd Zaki said there is no actual explosion, but there is some heat when the CPD is triggered. The ink, called Disperse Red 9, is also not harmful.
If banks retrieved the dye-stained currency, they can submit the banknotes to the central bank for assessment. Tellers will also be trained to detect these banknotes.
The public and retailers will be advised not to accept dye-stained banknotes, as they are likely to be stolen.
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK