Banks in New York City to Shutter ATMs Overnight to Keep Out the Homeless

By Kurt Stolz on 31 August 2022
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If you’re looking to withdraw cash from an ATM in New York City late at night you may be out of luck in some cases.

A number of banks are quietly locking the doors to their ATM lobbies before midnight and reopening them in the early morning hours.

The story was first reported by the New York Post.

The banks include JPMorgan Chase, Citizens Financial Group, and City National Bank.  Not all branches are affected by the change in policy.

The action is being taken as part of an effort to keep homeless people from encamping in the ATM lobbies, some using the lobby as a public toilet and as a place to take drugs, which is creating a safety hazard for both customers and bank employees.

In March, two New York City police officers were attacked by a homeless man at a Citibank branch on Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan when they asked him to leave the ATM lobby.  The attack prompted calls for improvements in safety at ATM locations.

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