More banks use blue dye in ATM cash

Sabric says more banks are making use of a blue dye which taints cash during ATM blasts.

FILE: An FNB ATM was blown up at a BP garage in Athlone Industria. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric) says more banks are now fitting their ATMs with blue dye devices to deter criminals.

Two suspects are still at large after a pair of ABSA cash machines were blown up at a shopping centre in Brackenfell on Thursday.

This is the second bombing in the Western Cape in the space of two weeks.

The armed duo fled the Glengarry Shopping Centre empty-handed because the money inside the ATMs was tainted by a blue dye released after the explosions.

Sabric's Kevin Twiname says more banks are beginning to make use of the deterrent.

"In due course, all the banks will probably use similar measures. But measures in various ATMs will differ."

Last year, the Western Cape saw a sharp increase in ATM blasts and while the trend died down for most of this year, it does seem to be picking up again as the festive season approaches.