Tracking devices will be installed in ATMs close to the border to help catch criminals involved in a spate of heists, according to the Sunday Times.
Last week Security and Intelligence, the garda’s spying agency, issued a directive to senior officers responsible for policing in the border region to identify vulnerable cash machines and have tracking devices fitted.
The move followed meetings between gardai and representative of the banks.
The process of installing the devices is due to start in the coming weeks, and it is said that trackers have already been placed in some machines in Cavan, Louth and Monaghan.
Separately, armed gangs have stole 14 ATMs this year, using stolen plant machinery to pull the machines from the buildings.