The price for 1 Bitcoin back in late October 2013 was around $150. Now, in November 2017, the price is over $8000! That’s an increase of more than 5,220%, so it’s no wonder the number of Bitcoin ATM’s in the world is now 1837 at the time of writing! Find a Bitcoin ATM near you at coinatmradar.com!
What is a Bitcoin ATM?
‘A bitcoin ATM is an internet machine that allows a person to exchange bitcoins and cash. Some Bitcoin ATMs offer bi-directional functionality; these machines enable both the purchase of Bitcoin as well as the redemption of Bitcoin for cash. In some cases, Bitcoin ATM providers require users to have an existing account in order to transact on the machine.’
Stolen Bitcoin ATM’s
Bitcoin ATM thefts are becoming a real problem. In January, there had been over 10 Bitcoin ATM machines stolen according to Bitcoin.com! 2017 though has seen that number increase, with regular thefts being reported. Most recently in late October 2017, when a Bitcoin ATM was stolen from Oudenbosch in The Netherlands.
Joke was on them though as the owner laughed:
“Bitcoins are virtual coins, so it seems logical to me that there is nothing to get out of the machine, but they would have thought that they had the jackpot with a machine full of bitcoins,”
Although there are some ATM’s which do accept and dispense cash, the one in question here accepted purchases and sales only from card.
Unfortunately for some Bitcoin ATM owners though, they haven’t been so lucky, and their machines containing actual cash have been stolen!
It’s a problem that’s likely going to continue increasing, especially with the Bitcoin price rising so high.
Opportunistic thieves learning about Bitcoin but not knowing much about the digital currency, may see the ATM’s and hope they will find lot’s of valuable Bitcoins hiding inside!
The truth however is that in most ATM’s, although they may contain a relatively small amount of cash, the Bitcoin can of course never be stolen from the machine.
Don’t forget to check if they are any Bitcoin ATM’s close to you! We do not advocate stealing the ATM’s though of course!