Senator Joyce calls for improved ATM safety

Senator Joyce Calls for Improved ATM SafetySenator Joyce Calls for Improved ATM Safety
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Shared from the office of Senator Brian A. Joyce

BOSTON – Two years after the horrific abduction, robbery, and murder of South Boston resident Amy Lord, State Senator Brian A. Joyce renewed his call for stricter ATM safety regulations in testimony submitted to the Joint Committee on Financial Services today. Senator Joyce has introduced legislation to promote ATM safety each legislative session since 1999.

“It’s long overdue that we enact uniform safety regulations for ATMs,” said Joyce. “Residents deserve protection when using the machines, and law enforcement officials deserve assistance when investigating a crime connected to one. Moving this bill would be an important step towards unifying safeguards and providing residents the protection they need while accessing their money.”

The bill, S. 507, An Act Improving Safety at Automated Teller Machines, would:

  • Require the installation of surveillance cameras, reflective mirrors, and card-secured door entry;
  • Require an emergency telephone to be available in ATM facilities;
  • Set lighting standards for both inside and the surrounding area of an enclosed ATM;
  • Set a 20 foot no parking or standing zone;
  • Require at least one transparent wall; and more

The bill was heard before the Joint Committee on Financial Services yesterday, and now awaits a vote from the committee.


Senator Brian A. Joyce represents the Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth District consisting of Avon, Braintree, Canton, Easton, East Bridgewater, Milton, Randolph, Sharon, Stoughton, and West Bridgewater. Senator Joyce currently serves as Assistant Majority Leader. He can be reached at 617-722-1643 or via email at [email protected].

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