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Night drop depository fishing attacks, anti-fishing finger kits a deterrent

May 26, 2022

Night Drop depositories seeing an increase in fishing attacks to retrieve deposits.  Anti-fishing finger kits serve as a cost effective deterrent.

Have you found string or fishing line with lead weights, fishing hooks, or two-sided tape in the cash safe portion of your night drop and/or the chute?

Nigh Drop fishingattacks

Fishing attacks using weighted string or fishing line with hooks and other bait traps, are nothing new.   Thieves have historically used various tools to try to “fish” out deposits of bank and credit union night drops in many regions of the US.  They have been given the term “anglers”, just like real fishermen, except these anglers are angling for money, not fish.   Over the years there have been improved replacement heads made for the night drops to help prevent fishing. CSG has taken it a step further and provided an anti-fishing night drop “fingers kit”.  Here’s how it works.   The anti-fishing fingers or teeth are installed and do not disrupt they way the night depository works.  The fingers work to ‘cut the thread’, preventing the criminals from fishing or pulling out the loot.  

Like ATM/ITM Hook & Chain attacks, night drop fishing attacks have been on the rise recently, especially in the Western US.   The night drop anti-fishing fingers kits are relatively costs effective and only take about an hour of labor to install once ordered and so far have been the best deterrent against such attacks.


Night drop depository fishing attacks
Anti-fishing fingers kit

Due to the recent rise in attacks of night drop units we have anti-fishing fingers that get installed on the inside of the night drop that do not hinder its normal functionality. These fingers cut off the strings and don't allow the bait-traps the assailants are using to be retrieved. These units have been installed and tested at dozens of sites already all over the western U.S. We have received customer comments and pictures of the units in action. The units can be mounted on  99% of night drops deployed at branches. We can special order a different size if needed to allow for the 1% that is not a typical size night drop.

CSG Hook & Chain ATM/ITM Attack Update- watch the webinar

Written by: Steve Ryker, Vice President of Compliance and Risk

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