Machinery appeal after ATM thefts
Police have urged that heavy plant machinery be locked up over the weekend after a spate of ATM raids.
Eight ATMs have been stolen in seven incidents so far in 2019, along with one attempted theft.
The raids follow a familiar pattern, with stolen diggers being used to rip cash machines from the walls of shops.
Detective Chief Inspector David Henderson said: "As the weekend approaches, I want to appeal to the public to lock up heavy plant machinery and reassure the public that the thefts of ATM machines remains a key priority for us.
"We understand that these attacks are having a major impact on local communities and we are doing all we can to catch the people responsible."
He said the number of Neighbourhood Policing Teams carrying out night-time patrols has been increased in areas which could be vulnerable to an attack.
But DCI Henderson said it was impossible to patrol every ATM across Northern Ireland.