EAST EGAP holds 20th Meeting at Europol in The Hague

The 20th Meeting of the EAST Expert Group on ATM and ATS Physical Attacks (EGAP) took place on Wednesday 6th September 2023 hosted by Europol in The Hague. The hybrid meeting was chaired by Graham Mott of the LINK Scheme.

It was attended by 46 key representatives from Law Enforcement, Terminal Deployers, ATM Networks and Security Equipment Vendors. 9 people were in the room and there were 37 virtual participants.

  • Europol gave a central assessment of the ATM physical attack situation in Europe.
  • The ECB gave a status update on the Eurosystem Intelligent Banknote Neutralisation Systems (IBNS) policy.
  • National Threat Assessments were shared by representatives from 16 countries.
CountryUpdate(s) Given By
AustriaCriminal Intelligence Service
CroatiaMUP - General Police Directorate
CyprusCyprus Police
FinlandLoomis Automatia Oy, National Bureau of Investigation
FranceGendarmerie - OCLDI
GreeceHellenic Police
IrelandAn Garda Síochána
NetherlandsNational Police
PortugalPolicia Judiciaria, Policia de Seguranca Publica
SpainSpanish National Police, Guardia Civil, Autonomous Police of Catalonia
SwitzerlandFederal Office of Police (FEDPOL)
United KingdomWest Midlands Police (SaferCash)

Experts from the following organisations also participated in the meeting:  Batopin NV, BNP Paribas, Cennox, Diebold Nixdorf, Feerica SA, HSBC, National Police – OCLCO DCPCJ (France), NCR, Oberthur Cash Protection, Policia Di Stato – Servizio Centrale Operativo (Italy), Romanian Police, Secure Banking Technology, Secure Innovation, Service de Police Judiciare (Luxembourg), State Police of Latvia.

Consistent reporting of ATM physical attacks is key to enable law enforcement and the industry to counter the evolving threats.  To standarise reporting across Europe, EAST EGAP has produced updated ATM Crime definitions and a  reporting template for physical attacks on ATMs that is being rolled out to law enforcement agencies and the industry across Europe.  A copy of the definitions document can be downloaded here.

EAST EGAP is a European specialist expert forum for discussion of ATM, ATS and CIT related physical attack trends, attack methodologies and counter-measures, threat protection, and for the provision of regularly updated lists of manufacturers of ATM protective devices. The latest lists can be downloaded from the ‘Stained Banknotes’ page on this website (bottom of page).

The Group meets twice each year to enable in-depth and technical discussion to take place. The areas covered include:

  • The latest incidents and criminal MOs
  • The collection and distribution of best practice guidelines
  • The evolution of threats and counter-measures
  • Lessons from and on law enforcement

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