Dutch Crews Hit Up Germany to Blow Up ATMs

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Dutch gangs target Germany for blowing up cash machines

Dutch gangs targeting cash machines with explosives have shifted their focus to Germany, police reported in The Hague on Saturday, reported dpa.

Last year, the gangs struck eight cash machines in the Netherlands, by contrast with the 367 hit across the border in Germany, the report said. It added that 137 Dutch nationals had been arrested over the course of the year for blowing up cash machines in Germany.

"It's become an export product," a police spokesman said, adding that the gangs had hit cash machines in Switzerland, Austria and Belgium as well.

Measures taken in the Netherlands to prevent these attacks have been relatively successful. The bank notes stolen in this way are rendered useless as they stick together automatically after an explosion. The number of cash machines in the Netherlands is also much lower, as cashless payment is much more common.

Police in the two countries are cooperating increasingly closely, and hits on German cash machines by the Dutch gangs have fallen from a peak of 442 in 2022. Over the first quarter of this year, the gangs hit 56 cash machines in Germany, a figure well down on last year's.

Sixteen Dutch nationals are to go on trial in Bamberg in northern Bavaria next week on charges of blowing up some 90 German cash machines and stealing around €7 million.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

10 Comments
  1. Lena82 says

    It’s concerning how these Dutch gangs are expanding their criminal activities beyond the Netherlands. The collaboration between the police in different countries seems to be crucial in combating this trend. Let’s hope that stricter measures will decrease the number of attacks on cash machines in the future.

  2. EmilySmith92 says

    How have the Dutch gangs been able to target cash machines in different countries without getting caught?

    1. PeterJohnson85 says

      It appears that the Dutch gangs have been utilizing carefully planned strategies to carry out these operations across borders. Their ability to evade capture may be attributed to their sophisticated coordination and swift execution, along with potential loopholes in cross-border law enforcement. Additionally, their choice to target countries with varying security protocols and enforcement measures could contribute to their continued success in eluding authorities.

  3. EmilySmith says

    It’s concerning to see how Dutch gangs are expanding their criminal activities into Germany by targeting cash machines with explosives. The collaborative efforts between Dutch and German police seem to be making progress in combating these attacks, but more needs to be done to ensure the safety of citizens and prevent further financial losses.

  4. EmmaSmith87 says

    It’s concerning to see criminal activity like this spreading across borders. Hopefully, the cooperation between Dutch and German authorities helps put an end to these dangerous actions.

  5. Kate_Parker says

    As a Dutch national living in Germany, I find this trend deeply concerning. These criminal activities not only pose a threat to public safety but also reflect poorly on the reputation of our community. It’s crucial for authorities to step up measures and collaboration to put an end to these destructive behaviors.

  6. Annie88 says

    “This kind of criminal activity is deeply concerning. It’s good to see the cooperation between the Dutch and German authorities yielding results in tackling this issue.”

  7. JuliaSmith1990 says

    As a Dutch citizen, I find this criminal trend deeply concerning. It’s disheartening to see fellow nationals resorting to such illegal activities, especially targeting our neighboring country. I hope that the cooperation between Dutch and German authorities continues to strengthen, and measures are taken to prevent further incidents.

  8. EmilySmith says

    It’s alarming to see the increase in cash machine attacks by Dutch gangs in Germany. The collaboration between the two countries’ police forces seems to be yielding positive results. Let’s hope that the measures taken continue to deter such criminal activities.

  9. EmilyJohnson says

    Why are Dutch gangs targeting cash machines in Germany specifically? Is there a reason they have shifted their focus across the border?

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