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ATM Hours Extended in Response to Crimes

By Sarah Y. Keightley
Editor in Chief

In response to the recent robberies at area automatic teller machines, the Institute will extend the hours of the Lobby 10 ATMs, according to a crime alert bulletin provided by the Campus Police.

The ATM room will be accessible until 8 p.m. on weekdays, starting Monday. Previously the room was only open until 6 p.m. The machines, which serve Baybank and Shawmut customers, will continue to be closed on weekends.

According to the statement, Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin said the additional hours were "arranged in the interests of community safety following hold-ups in Cambridge of people using outdoor ATMs."

Students approve of the extended hours for these on-campus ATMs.

Radu T. Aghinii '98 said he tends to use ATMs off-campus since he lives in a fraternity house in Boston. The extended hours are good for on-campus people, especially East Campus residents, he said.

The Lobby 10 machines seem safe because suspicious people would stick out and "most people would not hang out there," Aghinii said.

Amanda K. Ames '96 said she usually ends up using the Student Center ATMs though she sometimes uses the ones in Kendall Square when she is going to the MBTA stop.

"I would definitely use the Lobby 10 ATMs," Ames said. "There are a lot of times when I walk by and they are not open."

Alison R. Frand G, who was robbed at an ATM in Kenmore Square last May, supports the new hours. "I think keeping the one in Lobby 10 open is a good idea - it's secure."

"I never understood why the Lobby 10 ATMs close," said Stanislaw M. Jarecki '95. "It's a secure place."

Students should use caution

Frand said that many students do not understand how easily a robbery could occur at an ATM and that they should be more careful.

Aghinii said he thinks about security when he is using ATMs, but "if you need money, you have to get it."

Jarecki, who lives in Random Hall, said he usually uses the ATMs in Central Square. "I think having a bike really helps because I always get out of the place when I see suspicious-looking people," he said.

The Student Center is a good place to use the ATMs because of the Campus Police presence, Jarecki said.

The Cambridge Police arrested the "Baybank bandit" last Tuesday evening, according to Frank Pasquarello, public information officer for the Cambridge Police. The suspect, Willy Dorch, is accused of robbing six people, including two MIT students.

Eric D. Kupferberg G was robbed at gunpoint at the Kendall Square ATM on Sept. 23. The robber followed Kupferberg out of the ATM lobby into the Sloan School parking lot, where he showed him a gun, escorted him back to the ATM, and forced him to withdraw $500.

The last victim of the robber, Joel P. Johnson '98, was approached as he left his fraternity house on the morning of Oct. 7. The robber showed Johnson a gun and walked him at gunpoint to the Quality Mart ATM on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Beacon Street where he forced Johnson to withdraw $500, Johnson said.