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Public Safety and Transportation


ATM Safety Tips

Protect your personal identity. Protect your PIN.

Automated teller machines (ATMs) are a convenient and easy way to get cash. Each time you use an ATM, keep the following safety tips in mind:

  • Common sense is your best guide when using ATMs. Trust your instincts and only use ATMs where you feel safe and comfortable.
  • If you need to visit an ATM after dark, bring a friend whenever possible and always choose ATMs that are well lit. In most cases, clearly visible signs indicate that a camera is in use.
  • Have your ATM card ready before going to an ATM to avoid exposing your wallet or purse. Fill out your deposit slip and place your cash or checks in a sealed deposit envelope before arriving at an ATM location. After a withdrawal, be sure to put your money, receipt, card and wallet away before leaving the ATM.
  • Your ATM card cannot be used without your personal identification number (PIN), so keep your number secret. Memorize your PIN and never write it on your card or leave it in your wallet. When you use an ATM, stand between the machine and the person behind you so no one can see you enter your number. If you suspect someone is looking over your shoulder, cancel the transaction and leave immediately.
  • Whether you use an ATM in an enclosed vestibule, on the street or at a drive-up window, always be aware of your surroundings. When you are in a vestibule, close the entry door completely upon entering and exiting, and do not offer entry to strangers. At the drive-up, keep your engine running, lock all your doors, and open only the driver’s window.

If your card is lost or stolen report it to the bank immediately and contact your local Police and Public Safety Department by dialing ext. 3511 on campus if the card had been stolen or has been fraudulently used.

Below are the numbers of the most common companies to report a lost or stolen credit card.
American Express 800.668.2639
Discover 800.347.2683
MasterCard 800.307.7309
Visa 800.336.8472
Western Union 800.325.6000
Equifax 800.525.6285
Call the national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and SS#
Social Security Fraud line 800.269.0271



For further information, please contact:

Public Safety and Transportation
Levermore Hall, Suite 113
p – 516.877.3500 or dial "5" from any on-campus phone

Regular Office Hours
Monday–Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

After hours calls will be received by the 24-hour Public Safety Command Center in Levermore Hall, Suite 113.

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