Smart technology foils ATM gas attackers


A GAS attack on a bank cash machine spectacularly failed, thanks to an impressive ATM protection product developed and delivered by a partnership between Gunnebo UK and the Safe & Vault Company.

The delighted customer – a major high street bank – praised their Gas Attack Protection (GP-X) system, which foiled the night time raid at a branch.

The would-be thieves left empty-handed when the GP-X detected the gas, triggered the alarm and prevented the explosion.

“Unlike similar attacks, there was no collateral damage to the bank building and the money remained secure inside the ATM. The branch was able to open for business as usual the next morning,” reported Gunnebo UK Key Account Manager Steve Lockhart.

The GP-X was installed by Wolverhampton-based security solutions experts Gunnebo UK and was developed by Leeds-based Safe & Vault Company to address the increase in ATM gas attacks in the UK.

The GP-X can be factory-fitted and retro-fitted to existing machines. GP-X detects flammable gas or oxygen and then implements a range of measures to prevent the explosion and fire, as well as triggering an alarm.

Gunnebo UK and Safe & Vault Company have also just launched another new product, the ATM Strongarm, to thwart ram raiders and pull out attacks.

Gunnebo UK, which also has sites in Sussex and Yorkshire, is a total security solutions provider that has been working with banks, retailers, cash-in-transit companies and public and commercial businesses for almost 200 years. For more information, please log on to or call 01902 455111.

Global Partner the Safe & Vault Company designs, tests and manufactures ATM Security and Asset protection security products, as well as supplying the largest independent range of high security safes and vaults for home, and business. For more information, please log on to or call 0113 274 4627

Gunnebo UK is part of the Gunnebo Security Group – a global leader in security products, services and solutions, covering cash handling, safes and vaults, entrance and electronic security. For more information, please go to

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