Businesses in central Wellington want to mark a perimeter around ATMs to keep “intimidating and forceful” beggars out.
The idea is just one suggestion as inner-city residents and businesses push for banks to become involved in finding a way to protect customers from beggars.
Money machines had become a beacon of activity, particularly for opportunist and forceful beggars, said First Retail Group managing director Chris Wilkinson, who heads a Wellington business group called Our CBD.
A begging exclusion zone around ATMs is a good idea. I think 400 metres should suffice.