09/09/2016 Middlesbrough

Warning Message Following Reports of ‘Shoulder Surfing’ in Middlesbrough

Police are warning members of the public regarding two offences of ‘shoulder surfing’ in Middlesbrough.

‘Shoulder surfing’ is when people carefully look over your shoulder to watch you typing in your pin number at a till or cash point.

PC Neil Horner, from Coulby Newham Neighbourhood Team, said: “Typically, once people have ‘shoulder surfed’ they have someone’s pin number and they can then attempt to take their bank card in order to steal money.

“It is important for people to be extremely careful when they are entering their pin number in public. Ensure that pin numbers are entered when the key pads are covered and double check that no one is stood close behind watching you.

Anyone who thinks that they have been a victim or anyone with information regarding the incidents is asked to contact PC Neil Horner on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.