NEW YORK (WABC) – Chase has announced that it is closing 24-hour access to some of its ATMs in New York.
According to the company’s tweet, several ATMs will close at the same time as the branches, which is around 5 or 6 p.m.
The bank says that such a decision was made in connection with the increase in crime and vagrancy.
There was mixed reaction to the announcement on social media, with some calling for Chase to refund ATM fees to customers who use non-Chase ATMs after hours.
However, at a news conference Monday, Mayor Eric Adams was asked about the decision to reduce ATM hours.
“How about people don’t want to walk into their ATM and see somebody urinate, see somebody screaming and yelling — people don’t want to go through that,” Adams said. “And that’s what I’m saying I need to stop. I don’t want my ATMs closing. I don’t want people leaving our city. We need to create an environment where people are safe and feel safe.” .
The Bankers Association of New York issued the following statement:
“Ensuring the safety of customers and employees has always been a top priority for the banking industry. While we have not conducted a recent survey of our members on this topic, as issues arise, NYBA and our members are evaluating potential trends with the intent of working with banks, law enforcement and the local community to find solutions.”
No word yet on which locations will be affected.
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